Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections

I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections
by Nora Ephron


Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a 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. 

 Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true—and could have come only from Nora Ephron—I Remember Nothing is pure joy.


How have I not read anything by Nora Ephron before? I mean, the woman and I were practically soulmates (I am mostly being sarcastic here...mostly). 

But I digress.

In a matter of I don't know how many essays, Ephron managed to pack years of life experiences in such a poignant way. Seriously - I don't know how the woman did it. It's not even that she used "big words" or unveiled the secrets of the universe. She talks about very ordinary-but-unique-in-each-person's-way experiences and used understandable language. So how did this woman manage to turn my world upside down in less than 150 pages?

I don't know. But the important thing is that she did. 

Ephron discusses everything from Christmas dinners, divorces to meeting your heroes and meat loaf. And I think that the unexpected thing, after the laughter, were those moments of subtle heartbreak. And that Ephron was a clever one - she waited for the last two pages of the book to completely break your heart. 

I'm not going to tell you what those last two are about - just going to have to read to find out.


Read it. And then do as this reader is doing and hunt down her other writings. 

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