Book of the Week: Remembering Nora Ephron

Novelist, humorist, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron passed away this week at age 71 from complications of leukemia.

Ephron’s works make for great summer reading or viewing and have taught generations of women– and men– how to be strong, smart, modern, and romantic.

You can try romantic comedy favorites like You’ve Got Mail (DVD 3097), When Harry Met Sally (DVD 2706) or  Sleepless in Seattle.

Or you can taste-test something a little more serious like Julie & Julia (DVD 2513), Ephron’s Julia Childs bio-pic starring Meryl Streep or Heartburn (Call Number:PS3555.P5 H4 1996), her acclaimed novel about a cook-book writer whose marriage falls apart.

Last but not least, for a look at Ephron the humorous essayist, try I feel bad about my neck : and other thoughts on being a woman from our Popular Reading collection or the older but still relevant:  Crazy salad : some things about women (Call Number: HQ1154 .E6 1975).  Ephron’s work used humor to convey a feminist message that resonated with mainstream American culture and resuscitated a bit of the glamor of Hollywood romantic comedies from the 1940s with a quirky, modern twist.

Nora Ephron. Image from Getty Images.

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Posted on June 28, 2012, in book of the week. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Beth Gersh-Nesic

    Thank you, Darcy.

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