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Hollywood screenwriter and bestselling author Delia Ephron returns with a memorable collection of personal and poignant stories and essays, anchored by a remembrance of losing her older sister, Nora Ephron.
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Hollywood screenwriter and bestselling author Delia Ephron returns with a memorable collection of personal and poignant stories and essays, anchored by a remembrance of losing her older sister, Nora Ephron.
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Delia Ephron arrests your attention whether she's writing about a hit-and-run involving her dog Honey or about how an apartment building is a little like Facebook, or the unmitigated hell of online shopping. The topics themselves might be seem unspectacular, but her unpretentious insights hold your interest because you've been caught in similar places too, yet never seen in quite the same way. This new collection of essays by the author of The Lion Is In and the co-screenwriter of You've Got Mail reminds us again of the wonders of everyday existence. Editor's recommendation.

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When Ephron's humorous essay "How To Eat Like a Child" appeared in the New York Times Magazine, her first "big success," she knew she had found her calling. In this new collection of essays, she displays that sharply funny and compassionate voice. The author, who co-wrote the screenplay You've Got Mail and the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore with her sister Nora, has written novels for adults and teenagers (The Lion Is In, 2012) and essay collections (Funny Sauce, 1986). Here, her keen observations about family, friends, work and life's small indignities and deep sorrows leave readers laughing out loud one moment and tearing up the next. In her loving essay "Losing Nora," she grapples with grief, the complexities of sisterly love and sibling rivalry while paying tribute to her brilliant, fun-loving, tough-minded sister, who died in 2012. "Am I Jewish Enough?" describes the Ephron "sect of writers." Her parents were Hollywood screenwriters, and all three of her sisters became authors. In their religion, "Laughter was the point, not prayer, and the blessing, ‘That's a great line, write it down.' " In "Why I Can't Write About My Mother," Ephron reveals her madcap family's dark side. Her parents took to alcohol like Nick and Nora Charles, and nights were often filled with "drunken brawls and raging fights." In this alcoholic haze, her emotionally distant mother became even more elusive. Ephron knows a few things about her--e.g., she abhorred conformity and insisted her daughters would have careers--but she can never break through the surface of this accomplished woman who wore one-liners like armor. A witty and often profound look at human behavior and all its absurdities, contradictions, obsessions and phobias.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399169786
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Sales rank: 348,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Delia Ephron
Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up, and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, including her most recent, The Lion is In; books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child; and essays. Ephron’s work has appeared regularly in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, and The Huffington Post. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (co-written with Nora Ephron), ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world.
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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    Ok. Honestly, I ordered Delia Ephron's book because of the simpl

    Ok. Honestly, I ordered Delia Ephron's book because of the simple reason that she is Nora's sister.
    Given the fact that Nora wrote very dry, witty, funny books and made some pretty amazing movies anybody
    sharing the same gene pool must be at least half as talented. And Mrs. Delia Ephron did not disappoint me !
    I laughed so hard while reading this book, I could not put it down . I even read it while waiting in the car pick up line 
    In front of my kids school ( people there must've thought I was either on drugs or a very happy drunk
    because I was just laughing so hard).  Mrs. Delia is intelligent, witty and just hilarious.
    Her sister Nora I am sure would've been very proud of her. It is not heavy reading but it sure made my day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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