The world has been a lesser place since Nora Ephron left us, many months ago. At least we can take solace in the fact that she has left behind so many tangible reminders of her comedic genius.
I, for one, never let a month pass without watching one of her classics – When Harry Met Sally, Heartburn, You’ve Got Mail and the ultimate of all ultimates: Sleepless in Seattle. Seriously, that movie could be on non-stop replay and I still wouldn’t get my fill.
Nora’s movie may be her bigger claim to fame, but her books hold an equally impressive torch. I finally picked up “I Feel Bad About My Neck” last weekend and laughed the whole way through. It’s not necessarily the best book I’ve ever read, or the most profound piece of literature ever written, but it’s special in that way that can only be achieved through Nora’s touch. It’s real. It’s genuine. And it’s funny as all get out.
Pretty much, it goes like this: If you have lady parts you will love this book. You will love it because it makes sense to you – her struggles and triumphs (but mainly struggles) through navigating love, work and skin care. Is it a fluff piece – sure..in a way. But, it also has real depth ..illuminating those topics that most of us didn’t even realize we were thinking and feeling.
But, don’t take my word for it. Here’s a few words straight from the late great Ms. Nora Ephron:
- “Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re thirty-four.”
- “…the amount of maintenance involving hair is genuinely overwhelming. Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.”
- “Maintenance is what you have to do just so you can walk out the door knowing that if you go to the market and bump into a guy who once rejected you, you won’t have to hide behind a stack of canned food. I don’t mean to be too literal about this.”
- “Here are some questions I am constantly noodling over: Do you splurge or do you hoard? Do you live every day as if it’s your last, or do you save your money on the chance you’ll live twenty more years? Is life too short, or is it going to be too long? Do you work as hard as you can, or do you slow down to smell the roses? And where do carbohydrates fit into all this? Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in American is so unbelievable delicious? And what about chocolate?”
And then there’s this. One of my fave quotes and one that all book lovers can’t most certainly agree with:
What’s your favorite Nora Ephron quote/book/movie?