Review: “I Remember Nothing” by Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron is one of my favorite writers.
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.

my kids’ favorite books

Over the years we have had bunches of fun with these favorites.  I’d highly recommend them as gifts or for your family.
for preschoolers…
Yes or No Preschool Letters (Klutz) –  “Questions & answers for really smart 4 & 5 year olds.”
Not so much a book as an activity. Each page lists a series of statements and the child gets to flip a little tab to mark if the statements are true or false. And the statements are things like “B is for Buffalo.  Buffalo smell like strawberry pudding.” Totally fun and prone to cause giggling.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
I read this book at my grandma’s house when I was a kid. And, amazingly, it was definitely a favorite for a while with each of my kids.  The parallel story of a little girl and her mom and a little bear and her  mom walking on the same hill looking for blueberries.  A sweet, classic adventure in word, picture, and onomatopoeia.
All things Cat in the Hat and Dr. Suess
No better source for whimsy and fun and unending rhyming couplets. True classics.
for preschoolers/early readers…
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
A favorite of my daughter’s when she was 4-5-6 years old and when she began reading for herself.  Junie is a true ‘character’.  The books are written from Junie’s 5-6 year old perspective… and Junie is NOT the perfect child. The reader gets the  a whole new way of writing and talking. Very fun.
Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
A brother and sister happen upon a magic tree house with the ability to whisk them to any time and any place in history.  Soon they are taking on assignments to retrieve specific books from these unusual trips. Just enough mystery and intrigue to capture my 6-7 year old boy.

favorite books for little ones

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:

Baby Faces
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.

Guess Who!
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.


Da Jesus 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


‘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  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.