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Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women (Modern Library Humor and Wit) Paperback – May 30, 2000

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"Funny, shrewd, devastating."--Newsweek

"A woman for all seasons, tender and tough in just the right proportions."--The New York Times

"Always funny."--Mademoiselle

"Pure delight."--Playboy

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The classic Crazy Salad, by screenwriting legend and novelist Nora Ephron, is an extremely funny, deceptively light look at a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now. In this distinctive, engaging, and simply hilarious view of a period of great upheaval in America, Ephron turns her keen eye and wonderful sense of humor to the media, politics, beauty products, and women's bodies. In the famous "A Few Words About Breasts," for example, she tells us: "If I had had them, I would have been a completely different person. I honestly believe that." Ephron brings her sharp pen to bear on the notable women of the time, and to a series of events ranging from Watergate to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. When it first appeared in 1975, Crazy Salad helped to illuminate a new American era--and helped us to laugh at our times and ourselves. This new edition will delight a fresh generation of readers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Humor and Wit
  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (May 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679640355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679640356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel completely bilked by this book. I had read the original edition, and loved it, when I was a teenager, so was thrilled to see it back in print. WELL! Unfortunately, the editors have actually taken a few of the articles from the original, packed in a few chapters of Scribble Scribble (which I loathed), and a random Esquire article. Ugh! I wanted the RoseMary Woods chapter. I wanted the Linda Lovelace chapter. I wanted the articles I remembered fondly. Instead, I got this dreck. The only reason I don't rate it even lower is because the writing is, as ever, quite good. But if it's not going to be the actual book it purports to be, I wish Modern Library would change the title....
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Nora Ephron's books generally are the best tonic for a woman who is about to embark on a new life after retirement. Which is my case, 57 year old former City Attorney moves to Poland, culture shock, no job identity, body is looking run down, want to start a new life and do it with the right attitude- she is helping me do it! Her humor lifts up my day and makes me laugh at myself. I love her and all of her books!!!! I can't wait to see her broadway show!
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If feels strange to be writing a review of Ephron's first collection of pieces. For me to "rate" Ephron. I mean, get serious. This comic wit with her endless gift for ironic commentary bolstered by keen observation. Anyway, here I am reviewing one of the great American masters of the review. Her grasp of the New York literary and social scenes and her openly feminine and feminist approach to them make her decades of essay offerings a national treasure.
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Ephron manages to maintain her humor about issues germane to feminists, while poking merciless fun at those who just don't get it. She is equally at home interviewing Linda Lovelace and Dorothy Parker, revealing as much about herself as her subjects.
She can be glib at times, and probably has to work at not being flip even more often, but nevertheless, she's interesting in small doses.
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Ephron's account of the 10th reunion of the Wellesley class of '62 is priceless!
A writer sympathetic to the feminist movement, she was never-the-less a
reporter first, who strove not to polemicize too much for or against any of the
disparate forces which made up the women's movement in the '70's. Her
transparent honesty is 90% of what makes it so funny.
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I bought Crazy Salad (the original edition, from Amazon, used), after reading the new "I Feel Bad About My Neck". I really enjoyed the breezy chatty style of the new book, and the personal, witty essays about mundane things (purses, beauty regime, food). Crazy Salad isn't like that at all - it is more journalistic and newsy, and the dated essays are about 1970's politics (incl. gender politics) and political figures that have since been forgotten (I was only a baby then, so forgive me if I don't find these references meaningful). If you want a dip into what the women's movement was like in the early 70's, buy this book. If you just want a funny read, this book is not the one to buy. Also, it's not really about women, the title is misleading - it covers a whole bunch of news topics.
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This collection of essays is just being sold probably because of the success of some other books by Nora Ephron. Some of the essays are dated, although some are worthy entertainment.
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Love all her books. So, so sad that she passed away. I treasure every book of hers that I own.
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