I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson
How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy

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Reading author Erin Carlson’s book “I’ll Have What She’s Having” is as satisfying as finding out what goes into a favorite dessert - and then having another slice.
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A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron's revered trilogy--When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle--which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham.

In I'll Have What She's Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With a cast of famous faces including Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Billy Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron's New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron--who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it--ruled the set with an attention to detail that made her actors feel safe but sometimes exasperated crew members.

Along the way, Carlson examines how Ephron explored in the cinema answers to the questions that plagued her own romantic life and how she regained faith in love after one broken engagement and two failed marriages. Carlson also explores countless other questions Ephron's fans have wondered about: What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted comedian trapped in the body of a fairytale princess, not the first choice for the role? After she and Hanks each separatel balked at playing Mail's Kathleen Kelly and Sleepless' Sam Baldwin, what changed their minds? And perhaps most importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing ... in a turtleneck? An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.
 

About Erin Carlson

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Erin Carlson has covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter and AP. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Fortune, and the LA Times. She compiled and wrote an oral history of You've Got Mail for Vanity Fair. She holds a masters in magazine journalism from Northwestern, and has been profiled in the New York Times.
 
Published August 29, 2017 by Hachette Books. 332 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Romance. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 15 2017

On a more serious note, Carlson continually reminds readers of the difficulties women face in Hollywood as both directors and as performers whose aging often slows and then terminates their careers. A large bag of buttery popcorn that goes down oh so pleasantly.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by Douglass K. Daniel on Aug 28 2017

Reading author Erin Carlson’s book “I’ll Have What She’s Having” is as satisfying as finding out what goes into a favorite dessert - and then having another slice.

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Reviewed by Jason Diamond on Aug 25 2017

...ultimately, the book serves to show how the movies were made and the effect they had. The films’ influence is definitely a huge part of it, but also what effect it had on the stars, most notably Ryan.

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Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Aug 30 2017

Nothing in “I’ll Have What She’s Having” makes a persuasive case for why “Sleepless” and “Mail” can be considered in the same category of excellence as “Harry/Sally”...

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