Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.
Even as she’s listing “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss” - making the final tally - Ephron reaches back to recount falling hard for a way of life (“Journalism: A Love Story”) and breaking up even harder with the men in her life (“The D Word”), a long-anticipated inheritance with entirely unanticipated results (“My Life as an Heiress”), and the evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box (“The Six Stages of E- mail”). All the while, she gives candid, charming voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking... but have rarely acknowledged.
Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.
©2010 Nora Ephron (P)2010 Random House Audio
It's great to hear her voice, with, and perspective. I was hoping it would sound more conversational than necessarily read from a book, since its her personal thoughts, but still very enjoyable.
I went straight from "I Feel Bad About my Neck" to "I Remember Nothing". How delightful to get to spend several hours in Nora Ephron's company! What a fascinating life she had...and how sad I am that she's no longer here. But how lucky we are to hear her words in her own voice. We'll remember her, with laughter and love.
It was wonderful to listen to Nora Ephron tell her own story. Sad to have lost this wonderful writer, but nice to hear her voice one more time.
Her rant against egg white omelettes!
I have only listened to two so far so in that respect I would give this on a passing grade of 79%
Expected a part two. Wished for a part two.
Yes. She is an intelligent, funny, honest writer. I wish she were around to write more.
Some of her comments are quotes to carry with you for life.
Yes, I would listen to another Ephron book especially if she reads. She reads very well and hits the irony precisely.
The best thing about the story is Ephron's humorous self-deprecation. She can laugh at herself without appearing to be a fool.
The voice, timing, that hint of New York city in her delivery.
She doesn't miss much of her life but I could have listened to her life in journalism for another hour.
Nora Ephron was very intelligent, clever and witty. What a heavy burden for a woman who would be thwarted so many times. Women - witty? Who needs them? And how smart to women need to be for mothering and wifery? This is a better place because she chose to plod on through the density of male chauvinism and win a place for many.
The best thing about read a Nora Ephron book is being able to put it down and pick it up again with total enjoyment
Not really a whole lot of substance here. Read by the author, and although these were stories about her life, she might have included a little more enthusiasm to her stories. The tone was quite matter of fact, leaving some of the very funny stuff bland and dry.
Let someone else read.
I enjoyed some of the stories, but the performance left me flat.
Audio version is entirely better. It's like I'm having a wonderful chat with my good friend who does all the talking, but I'm ok with that because she makes me laugh so much.
What a treat to hear the words delivered by the author. This book is full of personal recollections which could never have the same authenticity from a hired reader. Her memories of incidents with various women in her life (mother, sisters, best friend Ruthie, writer/heroine) feel like intimate secrets she is sharing just with me. They are personal and universal at the same time.
I am approaching being a woman of a "certain age" so I really laughed out loud during her anecdotes regarding aging, especially her Aruba ( listen to find out).
I would love to go to Thanksgiving with Nora, but I would want to bring the desserts too.
I bought the book after listening to it. Of course her reading makes it all the better.
Her wit has only gotten sharper, and her recollections well chosen. Her insight on life is priceless.
She really is able to talk directly TO the listener.
Yes and no. I didn't want it to end.
I was really charmed by this incredible voice of our generation.
Maybe I'm just not a fan of Ephron's essay writing style, but I found most of these essays too self-involved to be interesting and too scattered or random to function as a memoir. Also a perfect example of why most writers should leave the narration to the professionals. Her voice makes the writing even more irritating, and sometimes she couldn't even read her own prose to give the right rhythm to the sentences so they were difficult to follow.
The title essay is amusing, but the rest I had to slog through to be able to discuss at book group.
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