Nora Ephron

Now Read This!: March Memoir Madness

Posted on 03/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMemoirs are tricky. The best of them, like Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, are brutally honest stories that have you laughing at a feckless father’s shenanigans in one moment and crying over a callous mother’s dismissal of her daughter in the next. The worst are what I call “stunt memoirs” — gimmicky accounts of quixotic adventures the author never would have undertaken without a publisher’s advance in hand. You can tell you’ve come across a stunt memoir by examining its …

Nora Ephron: My Tour Guide for Life’s Twists and Turns

Posted on 06/26/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThis is a guest post by Lorrie Lynch of AARP.org. On the cover of Nora Ephron’s novel Heartburn — the 1983 book that was made into a movie starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep — is a quote touting it as “proof positive that writing well is the best revenge.” It’s Dorothy Parker‘s line, but I’ve always associated it with Ephron because the revenge she takes in that novel, writing a character we all assumed to be her ex-husband Carl Bernstein, …