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Comedy, or history? Reprinting 30+ year old articles,
This review is from: Wallflower at the Orgy (Paperback)Nora Ephron recently wrote I Feel Bad About My Neck, and wrote the screenplays for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Early in her career, she wrote for the NY Post, and then launched into writing about "life" for a well-known magazine. This book, Wallflower at the Orgy, is a reissued collection of those magazine columns with a new preface. The baker's dozen chapters are all from articles written in the late 60s.
One review stated "In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit."
This is true. Ephron is a skilled people-watcher and behavior-interpreter. Whether discussing food (a favorite topic for her), fashion, or just life in New York, Ephron is witty, insightful, and classy. However, these articles, mostly focusing on, pardon the American, "has-beens", feel old. This is yesterday's A-list, and a list relevant to NY life, where, gasp, who you know is more important than whether you really know anything.
This reissue clearly was in response to the success of I Feel Bad About My Neck. I suggest you wait for something a bit more original.
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2009 3:47:04 PM PDT
As a child of the late 70's and a big Nora fan I find her re-prints hilarious and a fun lesson in what used-to-be... Like a great story-telling Mom.
I very much recommend this book.
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