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With her wonderful sense of humor, marvelously candid voice, and astonishing perception, Amy Ephron weaves together the most insightful, profound, and just plain funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman?s experiences from childhood through young adulthood, marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in between. Writing with great honesty and exacting prose, Ephron gives us an evocative, engaging, and often piercing look at modern life.
Throughout Loose ...
With her wonderful sense of humor, marvelously candid voice, and astonishing perception, Amy Ephron weaves together the most insightful, profound, and just plain funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman’s experiences from childhood through young adulthood, marriage, divorce (and remarriage), and everything in between. Writing with great honesty and exacting prose, Ephron gives us an evocative, engaging, and often piercing look at modern life.
Throughout Loose Diamonds, Amy Ephron celebrates unforgettable memories and friendships, and the things that make life livable (such as her Filofax, which she would be lost without), all with a quick wit and a delicate eye.
Sex and the Citymeets Erma Bombeck in this gossamer gathering of recollections from novelist Ephron (One Sunday Morning, 2005, etc.).
True to its title, the book flaunts the glimmers of memory that the author haphazardly crafts into vignettes detailing her bohemian-chic adventures in Los Angeles and New York—with an emphasis on the chic. Starting off as a wild child in the 1970s, she recounts swilling champagne with glamorous friends, buying couture from Saks Fifth Avenue and interviewing Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme at the Spahn Ranch. Ephron's most entertaining anecdotes date from this era, as she name-drops celebrity friends and shines a light on the inner workings of theNational Lampoonduring its heady countercultural years. Less sparkling are her attempts to frame her contemporary life with her second husband and five children as a Beverly Hills version ofCheaperby the Dozen. Readers may find it difficult to conjure much empathy for a woman who disparages Elizabeth Taylor's gigantic diamond ring as extravagant, but laments the theft of her own baubles fashioned by the likes of Tiffany, Cartier and Elsa Peretti. This theft, one of several that hit the Los Angeles area, understandably shook up the author, and the event functions as a sort of connecting thread for the collection. However, even when commenting on the serial burglar's habit of creating a different persona for each house, she fails to delve further. Accounts of the hostile mothers at her son's private school similarly fail to engage. While Ephron has enough of a sense of humor to keep these pieces from completely lacking in self-awareness, her writing too often skims the surface, even for comic musings. Likewise, the more somber essays addressing her mother's depression and Ephron's own experience with date rape are meandering and unfocused.
These bagatelles offer glittering diversion but little of lasting worth.
Posted August 20, 2011
These eighteen short memoirs are entertaining well written fluffs that are fun to read. The first entry title story "Loose Diamonds" starts when the author is eight living next door to The Secret Garden and closes with the recovery of stolen loot. She was a child drawing on the sidewalk when Marion asked her to meet her ailing employer who the child thought was Mr. Samuel Clemens in the "Birdman". Amy Ephron was tossed out of the exclusive Isabelle Buckley School for violating the dress code with her new red "Expensive Shoes"; there she met her first attraction Lenny Footlick. In 1971, teenage Ms. Ephron discusses "My Afternoon with Squeaky Fromme at the "Manson" Family ranch. The author spent "Labor Day" sharing a hospital room with one of Elizabeth Taylor's daughter-in-law as both give birth while criticizing the actress' gaudy diamonds. Although the compilation is shallow with none of the entries containing profundity, fans of the author will enjoy her look back at her life in Los Angeles and New York.
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