The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron

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Ephron might be best remembered, however, for her searing insights into the craft of journalism and the complications of feminism. A delightful collection from a unique, significant American writer.
-Kirkus

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A whopping big celebration of the work of the late, great Nora Ephron, America’s funniest—and most acute—writer, famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these last forty years.

Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here—from her writings on journalism, feminism, and being a woman (the notorious piece on being flat-chested, the clarion call of her commencement address at Wellesley) to her best-selling novel, Heartburn, written in the wake of her devastating divorce from Carl Bernstein; from her hilarious and touching screenplay for the movie When Harry Met Sally . . . (“I’ll have what she’s having”) to her recent play Lucky Guy (published here for the first time); from her ongoing love affair with food, recipes and all, to her extended takes on such controversial women as Lillian Hellman and Helen Gurley Brown; from her pithy blogs on politics to her moving meditations on aging (“I Feel Bad About My Neck”) and dying.

Her superb writing, her unforgettable movies, her honesty and fearlessness, her nonpareil humor have made Nora Ephron an icon for America’s women—and not a few of its men.

 

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NORA EPHRON was the author of the best sellers I Feel Bad About My Neck, I Remember Nothing, and Heartburn. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally . . . , Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. Her other credits include the plays Imaginary Friends; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and the about-to-open Lucky Guy; and the films You've Got Mail and Julie & Julia; both of which she wrote and directed. She died in 2012.
 
Published September 11, 2014 by Doubleday. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 25 2013

Ephron might be best remembered, however, for her searing insights into the craft of journalism and the complications of feminism. A delightful collection from a unique, significant American writer.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Sep 09 2013

“Everything is copy,” Ephron’s mother always said. This collection fulfills that motto with aplomb, and will likely serve as a perfect holiday gift for Ephron fans.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Gail Collins on Dec 05 2013

What really interested Ephron, for all her clever writing about food, politics and overcluttered purses, were matters of the heart. She is the exact opposite of Dorothy Parker. She is wit without cynicism, the ultimate romantic.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Victoria Segal on Oct 30 2015

...whatever the subject, Ephron’s friendly, sensible voice rings out, alert to good intentions and bad outcomes, kindnesses and cruelties, and, most movingly, all the serious emotional rocks that lurk in the shallows.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on Nov 01 2013

That fierceness is in evidence in The Most of Nora Ephron, but it's tempered by some wistful moments.

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Lydia Winter on Oct 03 2014

Arranged according to different elements of her personality – “The Journalist”, “The Screenwriter”, “The Blogger” – it provides a unique narrative of her life...this is an excellent read for both fans and new admirers.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Susan Ager on Nov 16 2013

You will come to know her as a sister, ripening like a peach with the approach of old age, growing not just wittier but wiser and deeper and even forgiving.

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Globe and Mail

Above average
Reviewed by Kathleen Byrne on Oct 25 2013

I wish they’d chosen better pieces from her earlier career, and I’m not convinced of the wisdom of including the entire WHMS screenplay, though the afterword is worthwhile. I really wish they’d indicated which publications the articles ran in.

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