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Publisher's Summary

From her Academy Award-nominated screenplays to her best-selling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America's most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world's most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex. Whether casting her ingenious eye on renowned director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown - or herself, as she chronicles her own beauty makeover - Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.

©1971 Nora Ephron (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Not my favorite Nora Ephron

A few good stories in here but overall felt a little dated in terms of subjects in the various pieces.

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  • kim
  • brookline, MA, United States
  • 05-15-14

Not for me.

What disappointed you about Wallflower at the Orgy?

I had higher expectations for this book and so I am disappointed. I don't find her writing has anything with wit or punch. I also found the material to be dated.

What was most disappointing about Nora Ephron’s story?

Nora Ephron not a favorite of mine as I now know from trying this audiobook. I gave up about half way through.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narration was fine. I found the content lacking.

Any additional comments?

I won't be bothering with Nora Ephron again.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I love Nora Ephron and had high hopes dashed!

Would you try another book from Nora Ephron and/or Kathe Mazur?

Yes, I loved Nora Ephron's other books.

What was most disappointing about Nora Ephron’s story?

The stories were all from the 60's and 70's and I found them hard to follow. They were not interesting either. I kept thinking, what is this about?

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I guess so.

What character would you cut from Wallflower at the Orgy?

They are stories and overall not very interesting ones.

Any additional comments?

Overall, maybe 1 or 2 stories were of interest, the others were boring and very unfamiliar, not sure who they are for.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sennichi
  • 06-18-14

Nora Ephron at her best

Would you consider the audio edition of Wallflower at the Orgy to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

Very articulate and funny. Lots of interesting subjects too

Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh

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  • Fiona Thurn
  • 03-31-16

Always entertaining

These early magazine articles aren't earth shattering, but Ephron knows that and tells you in the preface. They are of their time and a precursor of the quick wit and razor sharp style of the more mature woman. Make sure you get "Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble", as it's full of the more mature Ephron's work, and fascinating insight into the early days of Women's Liberation.