Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron at Marci’s house on August 22nd August 5, 2012

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 7:42 pm

Reading these succinct, razor-sharp essays by veteran humorist (I Feel Bad About My Neck), novelist, and screenwriter-director Ephron is to be reminded that she cut her teeth as a New York Post writer in the 1960s, as she recounts in the most substantial selection here, “Journalism: A Love Story.” Forthright, frequently wickedly backhanded, these essays cover the gamut of later-life observations (she is 69), from the dourly hilarious title essay about losing her memory, which asserts that her ubiquitous senior moment has now become the requisite Google moment, to several flimsy lists, such as “Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again,” e.g., “Movies have no political effect whatsoever.” Shorts such as the several “I Just Want to Say” pieces feature Ephron’s trademark prickly contrariness and are stylistically digestible for the tabloids. Other essays delve into memories of fascinating people she knew, such as the Lillian Hellman of Pentimento, whom she adored until the older woman’s egomania rubbed her the wrong way. Most winning, however, are her priceless reflections on her early life, such as growing up in Beverly Hills with her movie-people parents, and how being divorced shaped the bulk of her life, in “The D Word.” There’s an elegiac quality to many of these pieces, handled with wit and tenderness.

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Next books and places

Filed under: dates and places — Susan @ 7:34 pm

I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron at Marci’s
house on August 22nd

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen at Susan’s house on October 3rd

Gone Girl:  A Novel by Gillian Flynn at Susie’s house on November 14th

 

July 11, 2012: Weekends at Bellevue at Heidi’s House

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 7:30 pm

Cool Women in Attendance:

Heidi, Susan, Marci, JoLynne, Lori

Menu:

  • Corn/Tomato Salad
  • Pasta
  • Ice Cream

Memorable Moments:

  • The book was generally enjoyed
  • Tales of the ER from Marci
  • Discussions about college bound off spring