I knew this a long time ago, before I knew her name and before I read anything she had written.
I knew this because of the movies.
For a very long time I never really paid attention to who wrote movies, or how movies were created at all. But then DVD’s happened, with their special features and commentaries, and I started paying attention. I learned, for example, who was dreaming up that snappy dialogue I loved so much. I learned the names of the writers and directors who created those great moments for, say, Meg Ryan on screen. Yes… I learned who Nora Ephron is through the special features reel of You’ve Got Mail. Read a book by the writer of When Harry Met Sally…, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia? Why, yes, thank you, I believe I will.
‘I Remember Nothing… and Other Reflections’ is a collection of essays through which Ephron voices her opinions and convictions about politics, religion, the internet, and food with equal irony. Every topic … pie… New York… her early career in the 1960’s journalism world… each, Ephron treats with trademark humor and shades of poignancy. Think Tom Hanks’ monologue on complicated coffee orders in You’ve Got Mail, but applied to dinner parties and writers and online Scrabble. But the thread running through the entire collection is a slightly wistful commentary on the reality of growing older. Ephron skillfully weaves stories of landmark life experiences (like meeting Eleanor Roosevelt) alongside the admission of having forgotten the details of those experiences, all of which elicits chuckles and grins, never tears.
Throughout each piece, the combination of Ephron’s style and the content she chooses is simply compelling. This is a quick read, perfect for summer. And if you happen to be an audiobook fan, Ephron herself reads ‘I Remember Nothing’, which is altogether wry and delightful.
I highly recommend.
This review was originally posted at Book End Babes.
I love kids’ books. So very much. We have read at least 4,497 books in our family (give or take) but there are always a few that are favorites. So, here are some of those favorites for the littlest kids:
by DK Publishing
We actually wore out our copy of this book. Babies are naturally drawn to human faces. This book features clear, simple pictures of babies expressing different emotions and engaging in various activities. A great way to introduce a baby to books.
My First ABC Board Book
by Jane Bunting
Love this and all the board books like it by DK Publishing. Beautiful pictures, vibrant colors, totally engaging for infants and toddlers.
Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Unique artwork and a great story punctuated by repeated phrases keeps the little ones’ attention. And this is just the beginning. All of Eric Carle’s books are great. Available as board books for the tiniest hands.
by Chris Gilvan-Cartwright
A beautifully drawn animal habitat graces each page. The animals are hidden, with little doors revealing a foot, a stripe, a tail, with questions like “who has a stripey coat?”. When you’re ready to guess what the animal is, the picture pulls up out of the page’s pocket, revealing the whole animal. Charming.
My Many Colored Days
Love LOVE this little book that puts colors and sounds around our many varied emotions. Good for toddlers because it’s a colorful board book, but also good content for slightly older kids.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Seriously. Every family has to have this one. No better bedtime book.
I was introduced to ‘Da Jesus Book‘ this week. It’s a translation of the Bible into ‘Hawaii Pidgin’ dialect. I find it amazing that there are people who spend their entire adult lives immersed in culture and language so the Bible can be translated.
So anyway…. my favorite verse (John 10:10) in Hawaii Pidgin:
Da steala guy, he ony come fo steal, kill, and bus up da place. But I wen come so da peopo can come alive inside, an live to da max.
So… this day… go live to da max.
‘The Boy Who Changed the World’ by Andy Andrews, illustrated by Philip Hurst, is an engaging book written for children but destined to be a favorite of adult readers as well. Andrews weaves together the true stories of four boys to illustrate the Butterfly Effect, which, in its simplest form, says that what we do matters.
The story begins with young Norman Bourlag playing in his family’s cornfields. Norman grows up to develop a new kind of seed to grow plants that feed billions of people. Norman changes the world.
But Andrews’ skillful writing reveals that Norman didn’t do this all by himself; his story is intertwined with the stories of others… and thus we are off on a charming ride of childhood inquisitiveness and grown-up determination.
Andrews’ tale speaks to all of us about how we affect each others’ lives. There is great value in using the things we love to help other people. And anyone, no matter how small, can change the entire world.
This book goes on my list of favorite childrens’ books and will likely find it’s way into the hands of the people I love the most.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.