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Wallflower at the Orgy [Kindle Edition]

Nora Ephron
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'Nora Ephron can write about anything better than anybody else can write about anything'


New York Times



A bitingly funny, provocative and revealing look at our foibles, passions and pastimes - from the much-missed, bestselling author of I Feel Bad About My Neck and I Remember Nothing.



From her Academy Award-nominated screenplays (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia) to her bestselling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron, who died earlier this year, was one of the most gifted, prolific and versatile writers of our time.



In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace culture with love, cynicism and unmatched wit.



From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement, to dressing down the fashion world's most powerful publication, to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment and sex. Whether casting her ingenious eye on public figures or herself, Ephron deftly weaves her journalistic skill with the intimate style of an essayist and the incomparable talent of a great storyteller.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1586 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009IAHK2E
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (20 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQVFKSA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ephron's Early Essays 21 Nov 2010
By Simon Savidge Reads TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Nora Ephron is known around the world for her script writing and films such as `When Harry Met Sally', `Sleepless in Seattle' and `Julie & Julia'. I had no idea that she had started her career as a journalist. From the title you might be expecting `Wallflower at the Orgy' to be Nora Ephron writing about sex, which I could imagine would be hilarious and brilliant; however it's not the case. This collection was actually published back in 1970 and was Nora Ephron's first collection of early journalism and some of the articles she had written in various magazines.

In this collection we get an insight into what is expected and what women want in the late 1960's which makes for rather interesting reading. Ephron herself worked for Cosmopolitan as a freelance writer and so is writing `current women's pieces' (such as a hilarious make over that Ephron herself endures in a very funny essay) and meeting with those `current women' including the founder of Cosmopolitan, one of the most powerful women at the time, Helen Gurley Brown who often finds herself in tears.

The novel also deals with journalism at the time, I was expecting Ephron's 1970's world of journalism to be very different from mine yet actually its not, in fact I would say that without such joys as the worldwide web, `google' and the like journalists had to work a lot harder. Ephron starts the book telling how she was taught to write minimally and yet write around a person rather than simply repeat exactly what your interviewee tells you which a lot of modern journalists could do with learning. We get lovely Ephron features on clothing, self help, cooking, visiting movie sets (for Catch 22) and also a horrendously brilliant sounding gossip magazine called Women's Wear Daily which is still running.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nora ephron 13 Sep 2013
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Nora Ephron funny and delightful as usual. She never disappoints
She articulates everything we all feel,but never quite know how to put into words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nore was no wallflower 25 April 2013
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Nora was a brilliant genuinely funny woman who will be sadly missed - by men too who admire her insights into the female mind .
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comedy, or history? Reprinting 30+ year old articles 30 Jun 2007
By R S Cobblestone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nora Ephron recently wrote I Feel Bad About My Neck, and wrote the screenplays for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Early in her career, she wrote for the NY Post, and then launched into writing about "life" for a well-known magazine. This book, Wallflower at the Orgy, is a reissued collection of those magazine columns with a new preface. The baker's dozen chapters are all from articles written in the late 60s.

One review stated "In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit."

This is true. Ephron is a skilled people-watcher and behavior-interpreter. Whether discussing food (a favorite topic for her), fashion, or just life in New York, Ephron is witty, insightful, and classy. However, these articles, mostly focusing on, pardon the American, "has-beens", feel old. This is yesterday's A-list, and a list relevant to NY life, where, gasp, who you know is more important than whether you really know anything.

This reissue clearly was in response to the success of I Feel Bad About My Neck. I suggest you wait for something a bit more original.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I feel misled... 20 Oct 2008
By speak04 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved I Feel Bad About My Neck. Really loved it. Thus, I immediately bought this book when I saw it. I read the back of the book and it sounded good - a collection of magazine articles written by Ephron. Ephron is a phenomenal writer, so I thought I couldn't lose.

What the back of the book doesn't tell you is that this book was originally published in 1970, so the articles are from the 60's. Based on the contemporary look of the cover, the plugging of I Feel Bad on the front, and the description on the back, I really had no idea that this book contained such dated information. I am not yet 30. I had never even HEARD of many of the people highlighted in this book, let alone cared to read details about their lives and rise to fame. Don't get me wrong: the book is as well written as one might expect from Ephron. However, I believe the description on the book was highly misleading.

This book may appeal more strongly to people who are old enough to remember the people and events chronicled in the articles than they do to younger people. If you belong to my generation, this book is probably not going to appeal to you unless you are a serious student of pop culture and are familiar with some of the more obscure pop cultural icons of the 60's. Regardless, don't be fooled by the cover! This is not a new book, but a reprint of an old one. The publisher appears to be attempting to capitalize on the success of I Feel Bad without having to produce any new information. Be warned and buy this book at your own risk.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you hated sleepless in seattle ,you might like this 1 Mar 2009
By simple sellers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
bet a lot of people 's jaws dropped down to their chins
when this was published, back in the late 60's. This was by the same lady who made
You got Mail,Michael and Sleepless and Seattle,but you can hardly tell in some parts this is the same person. A lot of these essays where written when she was in her early 20's, when she was a reporter for the New York Post. You can tell the person writing this is really gutsy,a little naive and full of strong opinions.You will also notice she is wise behind her years and trying to find out were she fits in this world.She writes and pokes fun at just about everything, food, her favorite books and movies, feminism, Mike Nichols and how stupid Women's Wear magazine is.She gives wry explanations of what her essays are about which I thought was a nice touch.

My favorite essay is called Makeover - When our tomboyish, fashion-impaired heroine is made over as part as an assignment for a newspaper she is writing for.It ends up being an extremely uncomfortable ordeal. First off,these two flamboyant fashionistas that are doing the makeover panic when they see her because they have never done a makeover on a average looking person(They are used to making over super models)
They argue about what to do with her and eventually cover her long face in three pounds of pancake makeup and make her look like a old lady....

Another good one is Beach Wife's which is actually a short
story about a lawyer's wife vacationing in the South Hampton's with her two young children,while her husband works on a big case over the summer.She has a great summer but misses her old life and can't wait to get back to it..

What you may not like about it
The author likes to talk about her sexual fetishes a lot, some of them may make you uncomfortable.
She has a self depreciating sense of humor and tries too hard to be funny some times.

She has a hard time writing in first person. A few of them are written like a high school student's history report. The one about Ayn Rand is a good example of this.

This little girl has gone far far away and I miss her : I hope she writes something like this soon. Most of the movies she writes/directs are way too gooey for me. I like a little bit of ironic black humor now and then. I like people to give their opinions on things even if I think are wrong.It makes them interesting and worth investing time in.
I also liked it because, it is about an era that I have heard a lot about from middleaged people's perspectives. This book is a nice twist because it is told from a young woman's perspective who is living through it all.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I love Nora Ephron 1 Aug 2012
By Papaya Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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What a gas to remember the era these essays were written in - and about! And a great reminder of just how far back evidence of Ephron's singular voice and talent goes. These essays are for me lovely little cocktails - tasty, mood-altering and occasionally capable of facilitating a-ha!s. A fun, satisfying read for the Nora fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Drudgery 16 May 2013
By Nicole B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I get it, she's done a lot & met a lot of people. This book is more like hours of witnessing someone's out of focus vacation pictures rather than enjoying a sit down with a traveled mentor.
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