Sunday, February 12, 2012

I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron


Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten.

Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true—and could have come only from Nora Ephron—I Remember Nothing is pure joy.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed I Feel Bad About My Neck and wanted to read this one.  I had the chance to check it out as a digital audio book from the library to  listen to while running.  It almost felt like it went too quickly.  This time I couldn't relate quite as much as I could to her last book, there were less essays on purses and everyday things, but it was engaging and fun.  I really enjoyed the first section about what she cannot remember and how she will pause and go google the answer and come back to continue.  I have days when I am so tired I can't seem to find the word for things, not because I forgot but because so much is already going on in my mind and I can't seem to slow it down.

This book reminded me of Joan Didion's latest book too.  They are both talking about aging and how it is affecting them and how they see themselves.  Nora talks about being old now, not really old which is 80, but 69 and old to young people.  We all pick ages that are old, then reach them and then a new age is old.  I am pretty sure that Nora mentions Joan Didion's husband in one of the passages as someone who was at an event she went to.  One problem I have with non-fiction audio is that when I just hear names I am not as good at remembering them as I am when I read them.

Nora's portrait of what it was like to be a writer in the early sixties is something I never thought that much about.  How women were the mail sorters and fact checkers while the men got to be writers.  I'm glad we've come as far as we have!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307742803
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Pages: 160
Series: Vintage Series

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