Loose Diamonds: And Other Things I've Lost (And Found) Along the Way

Loose Diamonds: And Other Things I've Lost (And Found) Along the Way

by Amy Ephron
     
 

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In Loose Diamonds, an engaging collection of essays and observations, Amy Ephron, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea, paints a rich, vivid, and comic portrait of modern living from a modern woman’s perspective. Fans of the writings of Amy Sedaris and Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward

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In Loose Diamonds, an engaging collection of essays and observations, Amy Ephron, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea, paints a rich, vivid, and comic portrait of modern living from a modern woman’s perspective. Fans of the writings of Amy Sedaris and Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem will enjoy Ephron’s funny, incisive take on the intricate weave of a woman’s world.

Editorial Reviews

Morgan Murrell
“Must read ... goes back to her Los Angeles childhood and goes through her marriage, divorce, and remarriage.”
Claire Howorth
“A little gem... she is an expert at introspection as entertainment...the collection masters brevity and range.”
Julia Gazdag
“A fun and engaging read... the pages turn themselves...Not only do the essays stand up on their own, the overarching themes unravel
Annie Bostrom
“Readers will enjoy her poignant accessibility... this is a great women’s-interest title, appealing to lovers of Ephron’s historical fiction and to fans of humorous essays alike.”
Laura Shultz
“All of these fascinating experiences and relationships described in Loose Diamonds add to the richness of this loosely woven set of essays. Ms. Ephron’s thoughts on marriage, divorce as well as her ‘Tips for Women getting a Divorce’ are written with wit and panache.”
Shelf Awareness
“A frothy, lighthearted, often witty collection of essays about marriage, motherhood and the power of a good piece of jewelry.”
The Daily Beast
“In Loose Diamonds, Ephron offers a deeply honest and compelling look at the events that made her the woman she is today.”
Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
“The tales are variously charming, funny, poignant, and even hair-raising, as when [Ephron] finds herself spending an afternoon with Manson family alumna Squeaky Fromme.”
BookLoons Reviews
“Well-written, empathetic, and a joy.”
BookRoom Reviews
“Actively intelligent and utterly descriptive, Amy Ephron always makes you feel as if you’re right there with her feeling what she’s feeling and seeing what she’s seeing… Loose Diamonds is a sincerely-written book…that you shouldn’t miss.”
Publishers Weekly
Novelist Ephron (and sister of Nora, Delia, and Hallie) has some colorful and memorable decades under her belt, which she gives a glimpse of in this essay collection. As a child, she befriends neighbor and famed architect Stiles Oliver Clements, who was the largest collector of tropical birds on the continent. He builds a habitat at home that Ephron visits during one magical summer. She briefly alludes to her mother's mental illness, but it goes unexplored beyond a mention of a teenage Ephron seeing her posh and polished mother duck into a seedy bar one day. In 1971, during the Manson trial, as an aspiring writer of 19, she interviews "Squeaky" Fromme, a Manson follower, at the "Family" ranch. When she goes into labor with her first child, she has the surreal pleasure of sharing her room with Elizabeth Taylor's daughter-in-law, with Taylor and her dog in tow. There's the considerably less glamorous, showbiz part of her L.A. life. Her second marriage produced a postmodern, blended family with multiple children from each spouse's first marriage. The book's tone is entertainingly breezy, but lacks depth. The seeming randomness and paucity of material makes the slim volume feel like a dry run for a longer work. (Sept.)
Booklist
“Readers will enjoy her poignant accessibility. This is a great women’s interest title, appealing to lovers of Ephron’s historical fiction and to fans of humorous essays alike.”
Kirkus Reviews

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061958786
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Amy Ephron is the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea. Her magazine pieces and essays have appeared in Vogue; Saveur; House Beautiful; the National Lampoon; the Los Angeles Times; the Huffington Post; Defamer; her own online magazine, One for the Table; and various other print and online publications. She recently directed a short film, Chloe@3AM, which was featured at the American Cinematheque’s Focus on Female Directors Short Film Showcase in January 2011. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alan Rader, and any of their five children who happen to drop in.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 21, 1952
Place of Birth:
Beverly Hills, California

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