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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (17 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520159
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!" (David Robson 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." (Daisy Goodwin Sunday Times)

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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)

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Another wryly laugh-out-loud look at the vicissitudes of growing older, by Nora Ephron, author of I Feel Bad About My Neck, and acclaimed creator of films like When Harry Met Sally and Julie & Julia.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Jun 2012
Format: Hardcover
The fabulous Nora Ephron wrote this at 69, two years before her premature death from complications from leukemia. It's a short book, a collection of anecdotes about her life, thoughts on things that annoy her and how it feels to be getting old. Although she doesn't mention her health, she alludes to it when she lists things that she will and won't miss after she passes on, and thanks her doctors at the end.

Nora is - was - a wonderful writer and she can tell stories that don't amount to much in such a way that you enjoy every moment of the telling. I especially enjoyed her thoughts about how your memory goes as you get older - how you start off thinking it's somewhat amusing that you can't locate the name of a movie you saw or a book that you read, but how you eventually start to feel disconnected from the life that you have lived because you can't remember huge chunks of it, even though some insignificant details stick insistently in your brain.

I liked this book. It's both funny and melancholy. It makes you think about small things that you don't usually think about and it makes me sad to think that this will be the last book she wrote.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diana Hamilton on 8 Mar 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Anyone of a "certain age" will recognise themselves in this book which is, in turn, funny, sad and extremely perceptive. I now realise that I may have the beginnings of an Aruba [you'll have to read the book to find out what this is!] so am advising my friends accordingly! This is the first book by Norah Ephron which I have read but it definitely won't be my last.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov 2010
Format: Hardcover
Nora Ephron has written a very humorous book with which I agree. She makes fun of herself as she ages, and I think many of us can identify with her plight. As she says, her memory is akin to a disc, it is not full, it is empty.

'I Remember Nothing' is a small book but filled with some wisdom and observations that make it well worth the read. The first chapter is a take on the title, 'I Remember Nothing', and it appears that is true. She relates many of the instances she can remember where she forgot. The films, books and times that were filled with fun, but gosh, what was the name of that actor. We can relate, where are my keys and glasses? Nora copes with her forgetfulness by keeping a list of things she refuses to know about. I agree with The Kardashians, American Idol and the Bachelor. But, soccer and mojitos, no way. 'Who Are You' another chapter deals with people you can't remember. A silly chapter, really. I have no trouble telling someone I am sorry but I can't remember their first name. Nora goes through hoops, it seems, to disguise her forgetfulness. 'Journalism, A Love Story, is the reason to read this book. This is a love story of her profession, and she tells us about her first job at 'Newsweek' and her rise as a woman in the field of journalism. In-between she gives us a few stories of Philip Graham, Newsweek's owner and his difficulty with Bi-Polar Disorder. The life of a young woman working in 1960's New York City, hard liquor, no wine; no take-out and lots of swearing, but not the F word. She got a job at the New York Post and started writing by-lines, and she learned her craft. She then went on to writing for magazines and films. She married and divorced and remarried. She learned that she was correct, she loved journalism and it was right for her.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Simpson on 29 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful laugh-out-loud read. She says the things we all think but she puts them into words. The chapter on emails made me laugh hysterically for about ten minutes. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Daniels on 15 July 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
A nice little book full of anecdotes from her life. This would be a good book to leave in a guest bathroom, you can pick it up and read just one chapter at a time. None of the essays are very long and some don't say much but they all leave you thinking in one way or another.
A nice little read and I would recommend it, particularly to women of a certain age who will relate to most of what she says.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fusspot on 4 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely easy read funny book that is almost as good a night in with a girlfriend.

Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clodagh on 17 April 2013
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Sweet, funny and very honest. I really enjoyed this book and the Nora Ephron way of looking at life - would recommend to any woman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Talie on 26 May 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
It is a very relatable and I enjoyed it though at 33, I feel I am perhaps a little young for it and it is aimed at a slightly older reader!
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