5 Books By Nora Ephron That I Read Over and Over Again
Everything is copy.
I Was Given the Impossible Task of Ranking Nora Ephron's Books—Here It Is
I have read Nora Ephron books countless times.
I can't put them down. Her stories, her interviews, even her recipes are addicting. I, like many writers, idolize the late, great Nora Ephron. Her writing makes me giddy! I'm eager to write after reading one of her many books. It's tangible proof that someone (maybe not me) can write so creatively about some trivial, mundane stuff. Suffice it so say, I love reading books by Nora Ephron.
One of my favorite things about Ephron is her motto, everything is copy. I have it written on a sticky-note on my desk. I'm looking at it as we speak. Her mother passed this phrase to her when she was a little girl explaining that if you slip on a banana peel, own it. You get to write about your mishaps and mistakes. Thus creating a motto that we all can live by. The good, bad, beautiful, and ugly parts of life are fair game to write about.
I highly recommend learning more about all the amazing books by Nora Ephron. There are so many and you should carve out time to read all of them because they really are that great. And while it pains to me to even consider ranking them, I did the impossible task of doing such a thing.
Books by Nora Ephron
1. I Remember Nothing
As someone who thinks about life; marriage, kids, aging, and all that comes with it, I especially enjoyed I Remember Nothing. In her classic humorous tone Ephron lays out the honest truths.
2. I Feel Bad About My Neck
Again, Ephron makes me laugh when reading her brutally honest collection of stories in I Feel Bad About My Neck. There aren't many books about women over the age of forty. But leave it to Ephron to make audiences laugh about saggy necks and menopause.
3. Wallflower at an Orgy
I read this on vacation and not only did I get very tan on one side of my body but it was great seeing people walk by reading the title. Ephron is such a fantastic storyteller and in this collection of her magazine articles you really see her talent on many levels. She touches upon American culture, sex, food, and romance. It's a quick read which is why it's easy to pick it up year after year.
Heartburn was a huge success for many reasons. First, it was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson but also because the story is based on Ephron's second marriage. True to her motto, she uses a painful and horrible time of her life and turns it into something beautiful, a book people can relate to and enjoy. She incorporates her love of food and cooking which really rounds the novel out perfectly.
5. The Most of Nora Ephron
Because I can't rank my beloved Nora's books, just buy this bad boy. I retreat to it like a bible. The Most of Nora Ephron is a collection of all her work including plays and screenplays like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. It's the best of the best and truly one of my favorite books, ever.
6. The Last Interview
Pew! Pew! A bonus book for you.True fans will appreciate this last bit of her writing, tone, and humor. A smaller collection of her work ends with an interview, her last, by writer Kathryn Borel
Watch Everything is Copy
Buy the documentary, here
If you want to learn more about the life of the incredible Nora Ephron take a peek at the documentary her son created in 2016. It's a beautiful look at her career and how her life impacted her work.
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