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Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. Hardcover – September 17, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0399166556 ISBN-10: 0399166556 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399166556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399166556
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I used to have an idea for an essay: it would be about how college alumni magazines are essentially the book of everything. But having read Delia Ephron’s Sister Mother Husband Dog, I’ve changed my mind. This is the book of everything. It contains love, work, death, religion, sorrow, and baked goods, among many, many other things. I felt such a range of emotions when reading it. Ephron writes openly and deeply about powerful loss, and hilariously about the small and large absurdities of all our lives. With this amazing, inclusive collection, she doesn’t miss a thing.”    
—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings

“Nothing is more fun or funny than Delia Ephron grappling with her marriage, with her remote control, with what the weather does to her hair, and even with the loss of the larger-than-life family of writers who shaped her. No matter your species, you will desperately want Delia for your sister, your mother, maybe even your husband (though definitely not your dog).”—Lena Dunham

“What a wonderful, wonderful book. Delia Ephron tangles fearlessly with heartbreak, ambiguity, and the day-to-day absurdities of her life, and of course, our own. I cried and I laughed and then immediately reread every essay the moment I was done. Sister Mother Husband Dog is genius, and Ephron remains our most radiant observer of the hidden places of the heart.”
—Marie Brenner, author of Apples and Oranges

“I devoured Delia's deliciously wonderful memoir in one-and-a-half sittings. All praise to her for these self-honest and hilarious stories of love, life and the healing power of girlfriends, doggies and bakery items.”
—Jane Lynch, actress and author of Happy Accidents

“Who wouldn't want to be a spy in the house of Ephron, where writing is the family business and essays can feel like confidences of the gossipy but upright, trustworthy kind?...[Delia Ephron] reports from the frontlines of heartbreak, but frankly and with less sugarcoating than the post-Nora reader might expect....everything is there in perfect proportion—the love, the disbelief, and the helplessness. The book builds in heft and gravity to finish gorgeously....Sister Mother Husband Dog is a valentine, sometimes frilly but more memorably about love, loss, and all that is irreplaceable.”—Elinor Lipman, The New York Times Book Review

“The mix here mirrors the comforting jumble of real life, with jewels, junk, and everything else thrown in, creating a down-to-earth intimacy that is classic Ephron.”—Publisher’s Weekly
 
“[Ephron’s] keen observations about family, friends, work and life’s small indignities and deep sorrows leave readers laughing out loud one moment and tearing up the next. A witty and often profound look at human behavior and all its absurdities, contradictions, obsessions and phobias.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

About the Author

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, including her most recent, The Lion Is In; books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child; and essays. Her journalism has appeared regularly in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, and The Huffington Post. Her hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (cowritten with Nora Ephron) ran for more than two years off-Broadway and has been performed all over the world, including in Paris, Rio, and Sydney. She lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Delia G. Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. Her movies include, You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and The Lion is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and MORE, and The Huffington Post. Recently she collaborated with her sister Nora Ephron on a play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which has run for over two years Off Broadway, and has been performed in cities across the US as well as in cities around the world including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Manilla, and Sydney.

Customer Reviews

I loved Nora Ephron's stories.
A. Jones
This the perfect airplane book, a series of essays that will make you laugh and cry and feel like you made a new friend!
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The commentary is funny, poignant, touching in unexpected ways and witty conversation throughout!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Biggest Fan on September 24, 2013
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If you're at all on the fence about buying this book. Don't hesitate a moment more. Buy it.

Delia Ephron has a voice of her own. It sounds a little like Nora's; and if you miss Nora from the planet, as I do - it will comfort you to know that someone else can conjure up ironic, quirky little twists to both the most banal and meaningful moments we trip across in life. There is someone else out there like you. And it is comforting. Validating.

But Delia's voice, while perhaps a little more knobby in its polish, is more honest in its gaze. More powerful. More personal. She's a truth teller in a way Nora never was.

Nora told you about her neck, but she didn't tell you about her real fears. Delia lays it all out - like ingredients of a granola she's about to bake. The chewy parts, the sweet - and, of course, all the nuts. In all their gnarly glory.

By fearlessly showing you things you might want to turn away from, she reveals so much more compassion, loyalty, and real love. And that's when an author is also a teacher. That courage of hers is imparted to us. There is so much more character than we get to see in most authors who delve into their own lives for content. I was touched and impressed -- and I wanted more. Turning to Amazon to find another memoir or a book of her essays, I found novels and children's books. And I promise to try them too. But - please Delia - more personal takes on life and love and family and work and dogs and parents and friends and baked goods - and anything else you want to share. Just - more Delia.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Deaver on September 19, 2013
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It's not just the touching tribute to her sister Nora that makes this memoir so fascinating. Ephron also shows us the life of a writer: her heart-breaking and funny accounts of screenwriting show us behind-the-scenes what it takes to get a movie off the ground (and sometimes not off the ground), as she explains how frequently screenwriters are fired, even by those industry folk (like Rob Reiner) they have worked with in the past. Delia's very practical advice on writer's block is perfect (yep, you'll have to read the book to find out what it is!). The heavier moments of the book pack a punch. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will read it again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Malone on October 11, 2013
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This book was graciously written. A very well balanced view of a sibling by a sibling. Full of love, but honest about the ragged edges in such a relationship, especially when the two sisters collaborated together. I look forward to more essays by Delia Ephron. She has the same DNA as Nora when it comes to wit and wisdom about the here and now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. DuLaney on October 21, 2013
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This is a easy read and if your anything like me - I will go back and 're-read' pieces of this book - watch: 'Sleepless in Seattle; Michael; You've Got Mail; It's My Life; Hanging-Up; Heartburn and maybe even read pieces of Nora's - Crazy Quilt and other novels. I never got to see 'Lucky Guy' - but would have loved to. This book is about relationships between two sisters who loved each other - despite the differences they had. I appreciate Delia more now because I like her am a 'middle child' and could relate to all the problems & joy that comes with it. I would give my eye-tooth to have been a fly on the wall during all those movies - because those are all some of my all-time favorite movies. I also would love to write a children's book but never had the courage...yet. I did write a family cookbook and I am proud of that... and I always loved the recipes Nora included in her books. We all have stories to tell... and Delia does a wonderful job here - even the stories she
didn't quite know how to... I really get that. Great job! I will recommend this to anyone who has aspirations of writing books or screen plays.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daisy on October 22, 2013
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The essays were witty, well written , however, most were easy to forget. Her tribute and to,and loss of her sister, Nora was clearly heartfelt.

This is a quick read...beach, plane, train....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Connell on November 19, 2013
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I loved this book! I listened to it on CD, Meg Ryan did a beautiful job, reading it. It has just the right mix of serious and fun. The chapters that were really interesting to me, were the parts about her parent's alcoholism. I love examples. I could read about the psychology of the children of alcoholics, but I really get it, when I read personal accounts. Delia really helped me to understand this. Of course, there are so many different kinds of addictions, so although, my parents were not alcoholics, I understand "the children of," better. It struck me as very honest writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 16, 2013
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In this delightful book of glimpses into the twisted and brilliant mind of Delia Ephron, the author leads us into her world. In 15 beautifully written vignettes, we are taken for a wonderful ride through her childhood, her relationships with her family, her fascination with the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, her frustrations with her hair, her almost phobic attitude about having her picture taken without makeup, her puzzlement over remote controls and the world of technology, her strong bond to her famous sister, Nora, and, among many other things, the glory of pastries from the best bakeries.

Delia begins her book with a chapter about her late sister. Readers expecting something terribly morbid will be surprised, as she offers a string of stories about the times they shared, both good and bad. This is how she describes losing Nora: “It’s a whole new world in an awful and confusing way. A city in which the street signs are missing.”

Delia celebrates their relationship, their collaborations and the flow of unspoken thoughts between them: "Nora always said that we shared half a brain." Through the awfulness of Nora’s chemotherapy, the hospital visits and her eventual death, Delia looks back in celebration of this remarkable woman’s life. She talks about Nora’s generosity, power, talent and ruthlessness as a writer, humor and sharp insights. She says losing her was like losing an arm, and the need to write/talk about their relationship seems to drive her on. She compares her life now to that of her dog, Honey, saying that dogs just get on with things, and she must do the same. She has learned to be brave because Nora’s death was, in a strange way, a path for her to be brave: “…her last gift to me. Lopsided gift-giving if ever there was.
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