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The Most of Nora Ephron de Nora Ephron
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The Most of Nora Ephron (edició 2013)

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A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Efren, America's funniest-- and most acute-- writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we've been living it these last forty years.-
Títol:The Most of Nora Ephron
Autors:Nora Ephron (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (2013), Edition: 1st, 576 pages
Col·leccions:Library -TBR, La teva biblioteca
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A best-of collection from the author of When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. They're all gems. It's by my bedside table, you can dive in pretty much wherever and you won't regret spending 20 minutes with Nora. A highly enjoyable book from an author who is missed. ( )
  yayatheyayaest | Aug 21, 2020 |
I like her writing, but this collection is large and includes a broad sampling of her pieces. Difficult to get into it as a collection, and some of the journalism was from the 1970s, so each one required remembering where the country was when the pieces were written. Great book for someone REALLY interested in Nora Ephron's work, but not great for a casual fan. ( )
  ValNewHope | Mar 21, 2018 |
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  BiblioReader | Dec 7, 2017 |
I can't top either the NY Times review or their obituary, so I will shamelessly and uncritically just gush - I love Nora Ephron - always have, always will.

You know the question -- which people dead or alive would make up your perfect dinner party. Well Nora was, and is always on my list. I've read almost everything she wrote and adore her films - Sleepless in Seattle , You've got Mail and Julie and Julia, etc.

A friend gave me this hefty-hefty-hefty volume of almost everything Nora Ephron wrote. It's been next to my reading chair ever since and I've been making my way through it little by little.

The volume divides her work by her professions:

The Journalist: Nora's early essays from the 1970's and most of which I'd never read before. Her essay "Journalism: A Love Story" overflows with her delight of landing a position at the Post and the legends she encountered -- never jaded or blase - she had found her true passion and was greatly in awe of the profession. "The Palm Beach Social Pictorial" is a hysterical send-up of a Palm Beach newspaper for which her friend, Liz Smith often wrote a column. Nora recounts sections from the paper - the goings-on-about town, the ladies who lunch wearing diamonds with their tennis whites, the older women with their younger men and then this - "Bill Carter (now UN ambassador to UNICEF) proved he really does love children by bringing his latest airline hostess".

The Advocate: Includes her inspirational commencement address to Wellesley class of 1996 - contrasting both the sea changes and the backward progression of women's roles since she attended in 1962. Imploring the class to break the rules and make some trouble on behalf of all women.

The Profiler: It's well worth reading each and every one of these essays -- her intimate and often colorful portrayals of the significant women of her age, including Dorothy Parker, Jan Morris, Helen Gurley Brown and Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Her parody of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo called "Lisbeth Salander, The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut" has been passed around among readers of the best-selling series. If you've read any of Stieg Larsson series, you should google it - from the New Yorker (Warning, like Larsson's books - contains graphic language.)

The Novelist, The Playwright, The Screenwriter: Here this gargantuan book includes the full novel Heartburn, the play Lucky Man and the screenplay When Harry Met Sally. I've already read Heartburn, dipped into Lucky Man but could not stick with it and skipped When Harry Met Sally (I couldn't read it without replaying the film in my head).

The Foodie: Nora appreciated food, the New York restaurant scene and the foodies in her life, but here she has to poke fun at it all. Some of her most giggle-worthy essays are in this section. She reports straight-faced about the Pillsbury Bake Off -- which makes the essay all the more funny and she raves about the absurdity of egg-white omelettes.

The Blogger: Nora (see I feel like I can call her just Nora) was a blogger during the Bush/Cheney administration and her blog gave her full license to rant - with humor and political incorrectness. Read it and cringe --or weep depending upon your politics. Her blog also gave her license to finally reveal and confirm the identity of Deep Throat from the Watergate investigation...she self-righteously points out that she knew it all along, but wisely kept her mouth shut.

Personal: This final section is the best with pieces taken from her other (much more lift-able) books of essays - "I Feel Bad About My Neck" and "I Remember Nothing". This section also includes my favorite essay Nora ever produced - called "On Rapture", an essay about reading. You can read it on I had this essay ripped out of Oprah's magazine where it first appeared, and in my reading nook for years. In On Rapture Nora recounts her delight reading "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michal Chabon which I promptly read and was (like Nora) simply transported away - please add it to your reading list. Another essay in this section, Considering the Alternative talks about death, dying and the loss of her dear friend. "I want to talk to her. I want to have lunch with her. I want her to give me a book she just read and loved. She is my phantom limb, and I can't believe I'm here without her." True confession time - a few tears slipped down my cheeks.

The final two essays are lump-in-your-throat reading, as by this time Nora (and only one or two others) knew of her diagnosis.

What I Won't Miss: Dry skin, Email, Bras, Fox (News), Small Print

What I Will Miss: Waffles, The concept of Waffles, Fireworks, Laughs, My Kids, Dinner with Friends, Pie

I totally enjoyed this book and am very grateful to have it. (The full length novel, screenplay, and play notwithstanding). "The Most of Nora Ephron" will have its hefty place on my shelves, for awhile at least. I may need to go back and re-read certain essays. Also, I know I'll be talking with someone and say - "oh but Nora wrote the best essay on let me get it for you". That's Nora for you.

If you want the collection of most everything Nora has written and you've been lifting weights - then this is the book for you. Otherwise go for her books of her most recent essays I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing.

OK I'm done gushing - I just love Nora Ephron and she would have a place of honor at my imaginary dinner party...
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