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I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections
by Nora Ephron
Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN 978-0-397-59560-7
Published November 2010 - Hardcover - 140 pages - $22.95

I loved Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck and looked forward to yet another dose of hysterics from this very talented writer.  I loved the opening sentence on the dust jacket, "...taking a cool, hard, 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".  That about sums up the book.  From her first chapter I was hooked.  She talks about not remembering things or people she met (Eleanor Roosevelt, the Beatles, Jimmy Stewart and others) or movie titles, and I had to laugh.  Not because of her "affliction", but because so much sounds so familiar.  It will to you too, if you're of a certain age.  You've got to laugh at yourself and life, otherwise you might just as well not be here for the ride.  Ms. Ephron reminds us of things like Teflon, salt, emails, divorce, marriage, and talks about life-things we (many of us anyway) have or will experience, and it helps having had a laugh about it beforehand, just so we recognize that what hits us (when it hits us) is nothing new.  Nothing seems as bad if we've heard it before.  I said "not as bad".  Like not inheriting the figure we thought we might.  Or the little flat spot on one's crown (oh, Nora Ephron's got one), and so much more.  I loved her story about Lillian Hellman and howled at her Scrabble Blitz story.  Nora Ephron certainly has a way with words, not only on paper and in books, but she's also a director and a screenwriter, and her movies include Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and Heartburn among other hits.  Nora's my hero.
See my review of I Feel Bad About My Neck.
Conclusion - Very funny and life-like.  If this doesn't give you a lift, forget about it!

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