If there is any solace in growing older, it is that you will find yourself guffawing in hysterical recognition at the situations Nora Ephron describes, from the impossibility of trying to remember people's names at parties,to struggling with the new technology. You will find yourself rolling off the sofa snorting with laughter as she recalls with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn't (yet) forgotten, including what it feels like to produce a flop - and you will swallow down a lump in your throat at the poignancy of her insights into the pain of losing friends, and the guilt of separation and divorce.
One thing is for sure, there is nobody else who can put her finger so very precisely, so beguilingly, with so much wisdom and with so much wit, on what we all struggle with as we journey into our later years.
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You don't have to be old to appreciate this collection of memories, aphorisms and stern good advice from America's favourite naughty aunt..snigger-out-loud...Reading this book is a little like being sat down by an older, wiser friend...good advice indeed. - Independent on Sunday
Read Nora Ephron because she's funny, read her because she's wise, read her because she never writes a boring sentence, read her because she's sharp as a knife but her heart's in the right place...Enjoy! - Daily Express
As always, she has an eye for the killer detail...a mixture of memoir, rants and observations...This book is as grown-up as a dirty martini. - Sunday Times
If we have to grow old (and as they say, consider the alternative) there's no better guide. - People Magazine (Top 10 Books of 2010)
Tantalizingly fresh and forthright . . . She's self-effacing and brilliant. I use lines of hers all the time. . . . She's like Benjamin Franklin or Shakespeare: her words are now part of the fabric of the English language. - New York Times Book Review
As a writer,novelist and award-winning screenwriter and director of films such as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle, she has had the ability to surf the zeitgeist and make whatever is on her mind...seem fascinating and cool....her book is essential reading for anyone who hopes to grow old elegantly and perhaps a little disgracefully. - Mail on Sunday
So clear-eyed, so free of vitriol and sarcasm and artifice that we believe everything she says. . . .If a theme runs beneath the wit and cleverness of I Remember Nothing, it is about the difficulty of coming to terms with one's mortality. - San Francisco Chronicle
Ephron's voice helped launch a whole new way of writing, and I still love to hear it. - Los Angeles Times
Witty and carefree...She remains the neighbor we all wish we had. Someone to share a cup of coffee with. Or better yet, a glass of wine. Maybe two. . . .Listen. . . . If we're all headed to the old folks home, we couldn't have a better guide than Nora Ephron.
- USA Today
Rich with self-deprecating humor at its finest . . so much so that you can almost hear her laughing as she pounds away at the keyboard. . . .a full pleasure to read. - New York Journal of Books
She can write an entertaining riff about practically anything or everybody. - New York Times
Fabulous . . .tremendously talented. . . She'll dazzle you with strings of perfect prose. - Washington Post
Nora Ephron was an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and film director of When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail and Bewitched. She was also a bestselling novelist (Heartburn, made into a film starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep), journalist and essayist (Crazy Salad).