The Most of Nora Ephron

The Most of Nora Ephron


By (author) Nora Ephron

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 555 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 238mm x 46mm | 920g
  • Publication date: 29 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 038535083X
  • ISBN 13: 9780385350839
  • Sales rank: 99,975

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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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Author information

Nora Ephron was the author of the hugely successful "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 recent hit play "Lucky Guy "and the films "You've Got Mail" and "Julie & Julia, " both of which she wrote and directed. She died in 2012.

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"Ephron's arc as an American storyteller was various and unique . . . Her works are bound by her equitable sensibility, cool observational skills, and irresistible trains of thought . . . [She was] a cultural sophisticate driven by the gritty, truth-obsessed heart of a journalist . . . a savvy and expansive media critic . . . a master of the art of common sense . . . with assured charm, dead-on honesty, and wry humor . . . Her distinctive voice, that mix of anthropologist and the sharer of impolitic confidences, was clear and intact from the start . . . The 1970s pieces sparkle with prescience and intense curiosity . . . Rich." --Matthew Gilbert, "The Boston Globe" " " "When Nora Ephron died last year, we felt like we lost a friend. Which is why we are all over "The Most of Nora Ephron . . ." We will never get enough of her searing wit and the deliberate way she turned life's tragic twists into heartbreakingly funny material." --Carolyn Mason, "Daily Candy" "A pleasure . . . Solid gold." --Marion Winik, "Newsday" "Readers will admire their literary heroine even more when, thanks to "The MOST of Nora Ephron, " they discover, or are reminded, of the brave positions she took, and of how far her preoccupations and her writing ranged." --Francine Prose, "The New York Review of Books" "Gives you a close-up and thorough view of the writer . . . and goes far in clarifying who Ephron was, not just as a sentimental favorite, but as a writer and thinker . . . Anyone who knows of Ephron's virtuosic career . . . will remember that she wasn't just [the] intrepid reporter and filmmaker and opinion-sayer and personage who was played onscreen by no less than Meryl Streep. She was also someone who "lived, "and who people who never met her felt like they knew. And that, I think, gives a clue as to why she will last. Because in the great rushing loneliness of the world, when a writer's voice makes you feel befriended, you want more of it even after the