Ephron uses the same caustic wit that made her screenplay When Harry Met Sally sparkle in this collection of previously published magazine articles. Whether she’s painting a portrait of eccentric Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, needling controversial author Ayn Rand, or peeling back the curtain on the infamously messy filming of Catch-22, Ephron’s bark easily matches her bite. I learned more about how to write compelling, entertaining journalism from this book than from any class I took.
— Joe Michon-Huneau
A bitingly funny, provocative, and revealing look at our foibles, passions, and pasttimes—from one of the most creative minds of our time.
“Nora Ephron can write about anything better than anybody else can write about anything.”—The New York Times
From her Academy Award–nominated screenplays to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America’s most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world’s most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex. Whether casting her ingenious eye on renowned director Mike Nichols, Cosmopolitan magazine founder Helen Gurley Brown—or herself, as she chronicles her own beauty makeover—Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.
About the Author
Nora Ephron is also the author of I Feel Bad About My Neck, Crazy Salad, Scribble Scribble, and Heartburn. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally…, Silkwood, and Sleepless in Seattle, which she also directed. Her other credits include the films Michael, You've Got Mail, and the play Imaginary Friends. She lives in New York City with her husband, writer Nicholas Pileggi.
Praise for Nora Ephron
“Funny, shrewd, devastating.”—Newsweek
“A woman for all seasons, tender and tough in just the right proportions.”—The New York Times