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Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women (Humor & Wit) [Paperback]

Nora Ephron

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25 Jan 2000 Humor & Wit
The classic Crazy Salad, by screenwriting legend and novelist Nora Ephron, is an extremely funny, deceptively light look at a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now. In this distinctive, engaging, and simply hilarious view of a period of great upheaval in America, Ephron turns her keen eye and wonderful sense of humor to the media, politics, beauty products, and women's bodies. In the famous "A Few Words About Breasts," for example, she tells us: "If I had had them, I would have been a completely different person. I honestly believe that." Ephron brings her sharp pen to bear on the notable women of the time, and to a series of events ranging from Watergate to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. When it first appeared in 1975, Crazy Salad helped to illuminate a new American era--and helped us to laugh at our times and ourselves. This new edition will delight a fresh generation of readers.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; New edition edition (25 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679640355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679640356
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing if you've read th original edition 11 July 2000
By Marie Braden - Published on Amazon.com
I feel completely bilked by this book. I had read the original edition, and loved it, when I was a teenager, so was thrilled to see it back in print. WELL! Unfortunately, the editors have actually taken a few of the articles from the original, packed in a few chapters of Scribble Scribble (which I loathed), and a random Esquire article. Ugh! I wanted the RoseMary Woods chapter. I wanted the Linda Lovelace chapter. I wanted the articles I remembered fondly. Instead, I got this dreck. The only reason I don't rate it even lower is because the writing is, as ever, quite good. But if it's not going to be the actual book it purports to be, I wish Modern Library would change the title....
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nora Ephron - helps me keep sane during my new chapter after leaving my job and turning 57! 21 Mar 2011
By Laurie S. Kaczanowska - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Nora Ephron's books generally are the best tonic for a woman who is about to embark on a new life after retirement. Which is my case, 57 year old former City Attorney moves to Poland, culture shock, no job identity, body is looking run down, want to start a new life and do it with the right attitude- she is helping me do it! Her humor lifts up my day and makes me laugh at myself. I love her and all of her books!!!! I can't wait to see her broadway show!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collection of essays - some good, some not-so-good 20 July 2010
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This collection of essays is just being sold probably because of the success of some other books by Nora Ephron. Some of the essays are dated, although some are worthy entertainment.
12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not at all like "I Feel Bad About My Neck" (the new book) 7 July 2007
By Gromer - Published on Amazon.com
I bought Crazy Salad (the original edition, from Amazon, used), after reading the new "I Feel Bad About My Neck". I really enjoyed the breezy chatty style of the new book, and the personal, witty essays about mundane things (purses, beauty regime, food). Crazy Salad isn't like that at all - it is more journalistic and newsy, and the dated essays are about 1970's politics (incl. gender politics) and political figures that have since been forgotten (I was only a baby then, so forgive me if I don't find these references meaningful). If you want a dip into what the women's movement was like in the early 70's, buy this book. If you just want a funny read, this book is not the one to buy. Also, it's not really about women, the title is misleading - it covers a whole bunch of news topics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nora 9 Jan 2013
By Frances Hirsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love all her books. So, so sad that she passed away. I treasure every book of hers that I own.
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