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Heartburn (VMC Book 586) by [Ephron, Nora]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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" Great fun. . . . Though "Heartburn" bristles ferociously with wit, it's not lacking in soul."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"
" Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise." -- "Harper's Bazaar"

"Great fun. . . . Though "Heartburn" bristles ferociously with wit, it's not lacking in soul." --"The New York Times Book Review""Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise." --"Harper's Bazaar"

"Great fun. . . . Though "Heartburn" bristles ferociously with wit, it's not lacking in soul."
"The New York Times Book Review"

"Nora Ephron's first novel is warm, witty and wise." "Harper's Bazaar""

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The autobiographical novel by Nora Ephron, Oscar-nominated screenwriter (When Harry Met Sally) and successful director (Sleepless in Seattle), very funny and yet sad book about love and loss.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1860490247
  • Publisher: Virago (14 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VSN4HE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Rachel Samstat is 30 something year old, Jewish, cookbook writer from The Bronx, who currently resides with the love of her life, Mark in Washington D.C. They have been together for almost 8 years and still act like they just met . The couple have a two year old son and another on the way.All is well

UNTIL

She accidently finds a love letter from her hubby's apparent girlfriend, and discovers they have been together for nearly a year, They have recently bought a townhouse, and he plans on filing for divorce and leaving Rachel for his Mistress as soon as their child is born.

She wants to works things out, but her husband makes himself scarce and refuses to talk about it. So they separate for a while.. and she basically goes on a quest to figure out what to do..She speaks with her best friend/shrink (think Dr.Phil)and other couples who have battled infidelity and survived.

It might like a bit of a downer, but its truly not, for two reasons.

1. Rachel is a chef and sprinkles comfort food recipes throught the book.The frozen Key lime pie was fabulous.

2.Sometimes she takes a break from the drama and just tells funny stories that make her laugh. My favorite one was about her weird,late, lush of mother who made even stranger casseroles, who once faked being dead ,because she wanted more attention from her spouse and children.

Other funny things included "The Jewish Prince Routine", and the chapter devoted to her nuerotic ex, hamster guy .
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There's surely never a good time to tell your wife you've fallen in love with another woman, but Mark's timing is particularly poor. Rachel is seven months pregnant with his child and running around after their toddler when she comes across an inscription in a book from Mark's lover and realises what's been going on. Maybe she could have coped if it were just an affair - it wouldn't be the first time Mark had played away from home - but he seems almost relieved to be confronted so he can share with Rachel how much in love he is. To add insult to injury Rachel knows his new woman, Thelma Rice, and her husband.

Ephron's heroine Rachel is 38 years old, a cookery writer and minor local television celebrity, and Mark is her second husband, a syndicated columnist whose witty little articles drawing on funny things that happen to him and his friends and family are featured in 109 newspapers up and down the USA. Mark goes through life stealing the experience of others and making money by writing about it in witty ways. He struck me as a man whose only claim to personality is borrowed from others. Rachel is sure that she'll wake up one morning and he'll be back knocking on the door, saying it's all been a terrible mistake and he wants her back but as the book progresses she's forced to challenge whether it's ever worth taking back a cheating husband.

Being dumped isn't all bad; Rachel's suddenly allowed to fantasise about strangers on the Underground (even ones without a college education, even ones who might turn out to be muggers) and old flames flicker out of the woodwork to stake their claims for her in the post-Mark era.
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Format: Paperback
This was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. The book's much better. It's a wonderfully perceptive, witty, semi-autobiographical portrait of a marriage falling apart. The central character is a cookery writer, and the chapters begin with a real life recipe, that sets the pace of the chapter that follows. It's funny and brilliant, and you wonder how she could go on to write such duff films as Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. But even if you are a big enough drip to like those movies, you'll still love this.
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Format: Paperback
This slim volume has everything going for it- every time I finish reading it I want to start all over again!

Nora Ephron has written and directed lots of films which could probably be classified at Rom Com or Chick Flicks: Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry met Sally, You've got mail, and more recently Julie and Julia. This book is more bittersweet. It is the story of the end of the marriage. It is funny, touching, beautiful and accurately observed. It is also interspersed with recipes that fit (mostly) into the narrative.

I love the way that Ephron digresses off into anecdotes about past marriages and odd friends. It is like having a conversation with a friend that you haven't seen in years.
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I read this with somehow high expectations, and it didn't live up to it.
It's a nice book, the story is interesting and it's presented in a comedic way which makes it more endearing... nonetheless I though some of the characters were quite shallow.
There are some great anecdotes in the book, but they don't gel together in a particularly compelling story.

I would recommend, but don't expect too much
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No-one knows how to hurt you most than the people you love best. I may not have been 7 months pregnant when my husband fell in love with someone else, but I was 52, he was 50, and "she" was 33, slim, blonde,- you know, your basic nightmare ...

But humour can be found in the darkest places; in another country and 30 years later I was experiencing the same emotions, finding myself in situations that would baffle, terrify and equally (eventually) amuse me. This is a lovely book, I think Nora Ephron would have been a simply lovely lady, and weeks later I still think about the book and smile.
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