I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
and Other Reflections

87%

14 Critic Reviews

While she may not have reached what she calls "the nadir of old age, the Land of Anecdote," Ephron sure does know how to tell a story and entertain.
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Synopsis

Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.

Ephron writes about falling hard for a way of life (“Journalism: A Love Story”) and about breaking up even harder with the men in her life (“The D Word”); lists “Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again” (“There is no explaining the stock market but people try”; “You can never know the truth of anyone’s marriage, including your own”; “Cary Grant was Jewish”; “Men cheat”); reveals the alarming evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box (“The Six Stages of E-Mail”); and asks the age-old question, which came first, the chicken soup or the cold? All the while, she gives candid, edgy voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking . . . but rarely acknowledging.

Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true—and could have come only from Nora Ephron—I Remember Nothing is pure joy.
 

About Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron was the author of Crazy Salad, Heartburn, Wallflower at the Orgy, and Scribble Scribble. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. She died in 2012.
 
Published November 9, 2010 by Vintage. 162 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for I Remember Nothing
All: 14 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Oct 01 2010

Only occasionally reaches emotional depth—seems like a tardy attempt to capitalize on the success of I Feel Bad About My Neck.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 04 2010

She always understands exactly what kind of writing she is doing.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Victoria Segal on Mar 13 2012

...Ephron's observations are sharper than most, and her accounts of her mother's descent into alcoholism and her own tussle with ageing give this collection some much-needed substance.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Lidia de Leon on Nov 14 2011

The book ends with “What I Won’t Miss”/”What I Will Miss,” a series of one-liners...an appropriately breezy conclusion to a light and amusingly astute read.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Nov 11 2010

While she may not have reached what she calls "the nadir of old age, the Land of Anecdote," Ephron sure does know how to tell a story and entertain.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Nov 03 2010

...the tossed-off quality of these minor pieces brings to mind Gertrude Stein’s quip...''Remarks are not literature.''

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn See on Nov 12 2010

...tremendous talent is her forte, her strong suit, her fiendish trump card.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by Arifa Akbar on Apr 13 2012

It mixes the light, wry touch of David Sedaris with occasional dark shots of Joan Didion

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Ceri Radford on Mar 10 2011

Her strength as a writer lies in the way that she lets detail speak for itself

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Moira Macdonald on Nov 11 2010

If this is Nora Ephron's last word, it's a stylish one — but here's hoping she's got a few more up her cashmere sleeve.

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Seattle PI

Excellent
Reviewed by Rhetta Akamatsu on Dec 05 2011

Nora Ephron's writing is smart, witty, and thoroughly entertaining. I Remember Nothing is a slim volume...and the essays inside are all short but laser-sharp.

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Salon

Excellent
Reviewed by Kerry Lauerman on Nov 07 2010

...the power of these essays often comes from a voice clearly looking back at a riveting life with a clear-eyed wisdom and, at times, twinges of regret.

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Watermark Books And Cafe

Excellent
Reviewed by Shirley Wells

Ephron’s insights and observations about aging and her clear-eyed ability to look back at her life without sentimentalizing it are what make this latest book a delight to read.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Craig Wilson on Nov 14 2010

The good news is, if we're all headed to the old folks home, we couldn't have a better guide than Nora Ephron.

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