In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, writing, movies, and family. In "Sister," she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion, Nora. "Blame It on the Movies" is Ephron's wry and romantic essay about becoming a writer and finding a storybook ending to her twenties, though it was just the beginning of a lifetime of taking notes. "Bakeries" is both a lighthearted tour through her favorite downtown patisseries and a thoughtful, deeply felt reflection on the dilemma of "having it all." From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best-friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron's eloquent style and voice illuminate every moment of this superb and singular work.
Recorded by arrangement with Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. Stories previously published in the New York Times: "Name-Jacked" (originally titled "Hey, You Stole My Name!"), "The Banks Taketh" (originally titled "The Banks Taketh, But Don't Giveth"), "Hit & Run," "If My Dad Could Tweet," "Your Order Has Been Shipped" (originally titled "The Hell of Online Shopping"). Previously published in the Wall Street Journal: "Upgrade Hell."
©2013 Delia Ephron (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I didn't know much about Nora Ephron, and much of the story does discuss the author's relationship with her, and their lives. However, I still found the book very interesting, and inspirational, and a lovely listen.
Just what I needed.
I love love loved it. I remember the moment that I heard that Nora died. I was on vacation with friends and one of them looked at the news burp on their phone to report it after a gasp. I had no clue who she was. I found out from the lengthy discusssion afterwards. Because of Delia's last name I took a chance on this book and boy oh boy am I glad I did.
Here is the skinny - 1) It's four and a half an hours long and 2) Meg Ryan reads it to you. Which can be bad and good if you are expecting hours of bang for your buck. It's exceptionally good and fabulous if you need a book to get you through 5 hours that will make you feel confident, chatty and fun at the end. It's a real mood elevator.
This book is chatting with your best friend - reliving heartbreak with a friend - hearing all your friend's funny stories and clucking your tongue at life with a friend. It's good company.
I ended up spending a lot of time googling Delia's entire family throughout the whole book. Imagine their parents, who wrote many of my most favorite movies, being so different from the characters that they created. That was mind boggling to me.
I've read over 80 books this year and Delia is the only one of those authors that I have joined facebook page with so I can keep track of them. When she writes her next novel or movie - I want to know about it. I am going to be there the first day.
Meg Ryan is, of course, like listening to angels.
Combining Delia Ephron and Meg Ryan makes for pure enjoyment.
Working on the series/pilot while Nora was in the hospital...my sister was also dying in a hospital once. You need to do something, some work that when finished will make it all better. We worked a HUGE jigsaw puzzle like her life depended on it. Delia and Nora did the same.
Delia Ephron shares many, many things....this book is pure gold
It did, though, fail miserably in its main goal....I'd purchased it because, at the time, wanted a comfortable, familiar voice to read me to sleep with words I knew I'd enjoy. Instead, I listened, attentively to the whole book, finally drifting off nearly five hours later, smiling.
As a bedtime story, I'd have done better with Dame Judi and Winnie the Pooh, but if you want something to make you smile, to make you evaluate where you are in life and to realize what you've learned about WHO you are, read comfortably (not over-enunciated by a reader who has come annoying close to sounding like Siri) and read naturally, this is it.
Noted author, noted narrator, all the ingredients for a great book? You'd think...
If there is anything worse than the brainless dribble of someone trapped in their own depression, it is having Meg Ryan narrate it. There is literally an entire chapter on how hard it is to deal with a bank. Another chapter on Identity Theft? Try, a failure to pay your bills...
I can't believe I finished this.
Hearing Meg Ryan whine has got to be the most obnoxious sound on the planet.
This book was only published because the names alone could make it profitable. There was no story. None.
I couldn't finish it. Got tired of the perky narration
I listened to Delia Ephron being interviewed on Fresh Air which is what sold me on buying her book. I think she would have been a better narrator. Meg would do well narrating children's books of a lighthearted or silly nature.
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