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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,052 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nora Ephron Narrator: Nora Ephron Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307879226
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Nora Ephron returns with her first audiobook since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cool, hard, 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.

Ephron writes about falling hard for a way of life (“Journalism: A Love Story”) and about breaking up even harder with the men in her life (“The D Word”); lists “Twenty-five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again” (“There is no explaining the stock market but people try”; “Cary Grant was Jewish”; “Men cheat”); reveals the alarming evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box (“The Six Stages of E-Mail”); and asks the age-old question, which came first, the chicken soup or the cold? All the while, she gives candid, edgy voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking . . . but rarely acknowledging.

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

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Quotes & Awards

  • I REMEMBER NOTHING / Nora Ephron
    978-0-307-59560-7     Alfred A. Knopf          Fall 2010
  • At 69, she’s just two years older than Keith Richards, but to hear her tell it, Ephron’s recall’s far worse. Luckily some synapses are still firing: The follow-up to I Feel Bad About My Neck includes chapters on her youth and career and drily hilarious musings on the trials of aging. 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)
  • Vivid . . . Nora Ephron’s newest book is titled I Remember Nothing. She’s lying. Although her confessional about forgetting people’s names rings all too true to those of a certain age, she’s still lying. Ephron remembers quite a bit in this entertaining collection of stories about her life so far. . . . Ephron has been handed some good material to play with over the years and she knows what to do with it. Anyone who has grown to appreciate her witty and carefree way of telling a story will not be disappointed here. 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. . . . [Ephron] has not lost her ability to zero in on modern life’s little mysteries, like our obsession with freshly ground pepper and bottled water. As for the essay about remembering nothing, which kicks off this delightful collection, it’s one that millions of aging Americans will relate to. Listen. . . . If we’re all headed to the old folks home, we couldn’t have a better guide than Nora Ephron. Craig Wilson, USA Today  
  •  “The seduction of Nora Ephron’s writing is that after reading a couple of paragraphs you think you can do it, too. Her writing is so straightforward, so honest, so direct that gee, it shouldn’t be hard to make sentences like that. So you try, and then you realize that not only do your sentences sag in the middle and end in semi-colons; you realize that you don’t live in New York, haven’t gone to endless dinner parties, are not a fabulous cook, have never directed a film, written a play or novel, or actually anything . . . It’s not just that she gives us permission to eat butter and say unkind things about our parents . . . It’s that she is so clear-eyed, so free of vitriol and sarcasm and artifice that we believe everything she says. . . . ‘The D Word,’ her reflection on divorce, ought to be tacked up on the wall of every divorce court in the world, and the judge should say, before reaching a decision, ‘Read this.’ It is a powerful section [and] heartbreaking . . . She [also] writes about her own shortcomings, about betrayals by people she admired and most movingly, about the death of her best friend. 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. . . . At the end she writes a list of things she will miss . . . What I will miss is not being around for all the books Nora Ephron is going to write. Jane Juska, San Francisco Chronicle 
  • Fabulous . . . Masterly . . . [Ephron is] a tremendously talented woman . . . She’ll dazzle you with strings of perfect prose. Carolyn See, The Washington Post Book World 
    I Remember Nothing reads like a swan song . . . But here’s hoping that Ephron, who will turn 70 next year, has at least a few more terrific books and movies in her.
  • I Remember Nothing: Fortunately that’s not quite true. In these essays, Nora Ephron covers her divorce, her early years in journalism, her obsession with online Scrabble and her mother’s alcoholism. She does forget what happened when she met Eleanor Roosevelt. But she remembers plenty. Time

     “[I Remember Nothing has] the rare combination of youth and wisdom. . . . Ephron’s skill as a personal essayist resides in her finesse. She locates a kernel of universality . . . She’s practicing the social criticism she’s so good at.
  • Tantalizingly fresh and forthright . . . Essays about her mother’s alcoholism and Ephron’s sense of betrayal by the writer Lillian Hellman cover previously uncharted territory and are also among the most thoughtful parts of the book. . . . 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. Alex Kuczynski, The New York Times Book Review 
  • The piece titled ‘Journalism: A Love Story’ is a wonderfully evocative portrait of a certain time—the ’60s and ’70s—in New York print journalism . . . [In] the piece titled ‘Pentimento,’ . . . Ephron precisely captures how dangerous admiration can be to both parties. . . . Ephron’s voice helped launch a whole new way of writing, and I still love to hear it. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Book Review 
  • Introspective . . . Rich with self-deprecating humor at its finest . . . Known for her casual humor and her realistic spin on the world, Ephron writes in an engaging manner, so much so that you can almost hear her laughing as she pounds away at the keyboard. . . . She’s never been more real in this collection—a full pleasure to read. Helen Gallagher, New York Journal of Books
  • Inviting . . . Companionable . . . The best essay in I Remember Nothing . . . is an article about Ms. Ephron’s first, excited glimpses of journalism as a profession, and it is fittingly called ‘Journalism: A Love Story.’ Here she writes about rising from a lowly ‘mail girl’ at Newsweek in 1962 to a more elite ‘researcher,’ the person charged with filling in the ‘tk’ . . . The newspaper strike that began in late 1962 propelled Ms. Ephron into parodying a New York Post column. . . . A well-loved, much-mimicked, wonderfully tk writer was born. . . . ‘The Six Stages of E-mail’ is a very funny guide to the novelty of e-mail. . . . Ephron retains her magnetic hold on a reader’s attention . . . She can write an entertaining riff about practically anything or everybody. Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • Reading these succinct, razor-sharp essays by veteran humorist, novelist, and screenwriter-director Ephron is to be reminded that she cut her teeth as a New York Post writer in the 1960s, as she recounts in ‘Journalism: A Love Story.’ Forthright, frequently wickedly backhanded, these essays cover the gamut of later-life observations, [like] the dourly hilarious title essay about losing her memory, which asserts that her ubiquitous senior moment has now become the requisite Google moment . . . Shorts such as the several ‘I Just Want to Say’ pieces feature Ephron’s trademark prickly contrariness . . . Other essays delve into memories of fascinating people that she knew . . . Most winning, however, are her priceless reflections on her early life . . . There’s an elegiac quality to many of these pieces, handled with wit and tenderness. Publishers Weekly 
  • The legions of readers who loved I Feel Bad About My Neck will pounce on Ephron’s pithy new collection. A master of the jujitsu essay, Ephron leaves us breathless with rueful laughter. As the title suggests, she writes about the weird vagaries of memory as we age . . . But the truth is, Ephron remembers a lot. Take her stinging reminiscence of her entry into journalism at Newsweek in the early 1960s, when ‘girls,’ no matter how well qualified, were never considered for reporter positions. . . . Whether she takes on bizarre hair problems, culinary disasters, an addiction to online Scrabble, the persistent pain of a divorce, or that mean old devil, age, Ephron is candid, self-deprecating, laser-smart, and hilarious. Donna Seaman, Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 2/20/2014

    " I love Nora Ephron, she's so funny and so real, and she tells some great stories in this book. I especially like when she's talking about hoping she gets this big inheritance from her uncle so she can stop writing this awful screenplay that no one will want to buy anyway, but she doesn't get the big inheritance and the screenplay turns out to be When Harry Met Sally, one of the greatest movies ever. Quick, fun reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 2/2/2014

    " I <3 Nora Ephron. Witty and concise; I genuinely wish she were a friend of mine "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 1/27/2014

    " This is the first Nora Ephron book I have read and I will read more as I loved her style of writing. It is witty and flows effortlessly off the page and the stories are good and oh so funny- I read it in one sitting! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita Bresnan | 1/27/2014

    " The first reflection pretty much sums up my life. I was laughing out loud. I really like this woman and admire her work i.e. "Sleepless in Seattle/" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/14/2014

    " I loved her take on life and her observations. She will be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/28/2013

    " Laughed while cooking supper. A great audio! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 12/6/2013

    " Another reviewer stole my comment...fluffy and delightful. I laughed more while reading "I feel bad about my neck" but this was fun to read-a delightful reprieve from the reality that is my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Vernon | 12/5/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Easy, quick read. Great quotes. I read it mainly because I wanted to familiarize myself more with Nora Ephron. If I was a journalist or any kind of writer for that matter, I suspect that I would really love this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Hoagland | 11/30/2013

    " Started out with the possibility of being interesting. Quickly turned borning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 11/19/2013

    " Not quite as funny as I Feel Bad About My Neck and definitely sad towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 11/11/2013

    " About 1/3 to 1/2 of the essays were really enjoyable. The rest were the equivalent of "you kids get off my lawn!" or somebody's awful Seinfield imitation (what's the deal with Teflon? It helps you cook, but then it kills you. Amiright?). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathytoran | 10/27/2013

    " Easy read with some good chuckles. Suited to the over 55+ crowd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wakana | 9/30/2013

    " I listened to this book via audible. A hit maker of the movie now turns to 70. Although Ephron has a difficulty in remembering and/or memorising things, her sharp sense of humor never lusts. I will enjoy this book a lot more when I reread it 20 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Holden | 9/24/2013

    " I really like Ephron's writing style. Her quirky humor is also well worth the read. For women approaching or in their senior years, this is a time to laugh at growing old. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Greene | 7/28/2013

    " Laugh out loud funny! Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Hontz | 5/3/2013

    " nice insight to her life and parents "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 3/22/2013

    " Well, the last fifteen pages were good.... Other than that I'm not sure why I wasted my time reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 10/14/2012

    " This book kept me laughing the entire time. Maybe since I'm still "approaching 50" I could get a good laugh AT it. I'm sure that the closer to that half century (oh, crap,) mark I get, the less funny the growing older hilarity might not be quite so hilarious!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel Vance | 9/16/2012

    " A fast, easy read. It had stories about the 60's, Hollywood blacklisting and jouralism that I would have enjoyed more if I were familar with the era's she was discussing. It reminded me a little of a Woody Allen film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/1/2012

    " She will be greatly missed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/17/2012

    " I liked I Feel Bad About My Neck much more than this one... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Symes | 3/14/2012

    " Classic, light-hearted, easy on the brain Nora :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sve | 1/20/2012

    " A collection of essays- some of them pretty witty,some quite boring.Nice humor:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/15/2011

    " I liked it for quick reading. I imagine it would be even better listening "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 10/25/2011

    " While Ephron's voice reminded me of her movies like When Harry Met Sally and You Got Mail, I also learned from this book that she is quite concerned about politics. There were also some funny stories about other writers like Lillian Hellman and Phoebe Ephron. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Voracious_reader | 8/4/2011

    " Sweet and sad. What a clean writer. Even if her subject matter isn't always interesting, her way of writing about it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/30/2011

    " Thoughts from Nora Eprhon. Seems weird to rate since not a novel, but I give it 4 stars. I like the way this woman thought and wrote. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie Black | 6/6/2011

    " Not quite as funny as "I Feel Bad About my Neck" but still a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H.s. | 5/24/2011

    " I want to grow up into Nora (without the forgetting part). Great sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 5/22/2011

    " Quick witty read, loved her observations, honesty! enjoyed "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/19/2011

    " I had seen this author interviewed on one or two talk shows and was looking forward to being entertained by more funny stories in the book. Unfortunately, I think the best stories were shared on the talk shows. Much of the book was not at all funny but actually negative and even depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Perkimom | 5/18/2011

    " Didn't laugh out loud like her "neck" book but it was amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " An entertaining memoior of life as a young journalist, marriage/divorce, technology, memory and aging. An appreciation of good food and a life well lived. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/14/2011

    " Delightful!
    I recommend it highly----especially to those of us who have been around for a while "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/13/2011

    " This book took me, literally, about 1 hour to read from start to finish. Very fast read, very endearing. Perfect beginning-of-summer book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abbie | 5/12/2011

    " it was okay. too much like someone's thoughts dribbling out of one's head "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 5/6/2011

    " Too New York-ish, only the 1st and lat chapter had anything to do with "remembering nothing" as one ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/4/2011

    " I "listened" to this book, narrated by the author so made it interesting to hear her inflections and emphasis and dry humor. "

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About the Author
Author Nora EphronNora Ephron is also the author of Wallflower at the Orgy. 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 film Michael and the play Imaginary Friends. She lives in New York City with her husband, writer Nicholas Pileggi.