visión de conjunto:Críticas Nora Ephron was the person everybody wanted to hang out with in part because she was funny and charming but more critically because she made the people she was with feel funny and charming . . . She was the one who listened and then finally tossed in the one fabulous line that brought everything together. Her best writing was exactly the same . . . It takes a particular combination of winning voice and brutal candor of intimacy and objectivity to turn what happens to you into a story that means something to the wider world . . . The Most of Nora Ephron gives her fans a chance to rummage through her desk . . . This is the kind of collection meant for snacking . . . She would want readers to meander sampling things they had never tried or bits that look especially tasty. But I was surprised by how satisfying the big chunks are. --The New York Times Book Review A giant gem suitable for anyone who admired worshipped or was even jealous of the writer Nora Ephron . . . A nifty Christmas gift for anyone who cares about the life and times of a contemporary writer who is sometimes compared to Mark Twain. --Liz Smith Chicago Tribune Nora Ephron takes tragedy and bewilderment and spins them into rambling comedic reflections . . . [She and Joan Didion] are trailblazing Boomer-era best-selling writers but both also illustrate with unusual force the rhythms of emotional confession and emotional withholding that have marked the golden age of journalistic writing by women that they shaped . . . When life gave Ephron lemons she made a giant vat of really good vodka-spiked lemonade and invited all of her friends and her friends' friends over to share it and gossip and play charades . . . She knew how to capture every quirk and she knew just when to cast the slightest shadow of doubt . . . Ephron's fun-house lens distilled accomplishments and disappointments alike into excuses to laugh. She took comfort in the little things and held fast to the notion that every terrible experience might someday redeem itself by making a really funny story. --Heather Havrilesky Bookforum Ephron's arc as an American storyteller was various and unique . . . Her works are bound by her equitable sensibility cool observational skills and irresistible trains of thought . . . [She was] a cultural sophisticate driven by the gritty truth-obsessed heart of a journalist . . . a savvy and expansive media critic . . . a master of the art of common sense . . . with assured charm dead-on honesty and wry humor . . . Her distinctive voice that mix of anthropologist and the sharer of impolitic confidences was clear and intact from the start . . . The 1970s pieces sparkle with prescience and intense curiosity . . . Rich. --Matthew Gilbert The Boston Globe When Nora Ephron died last year we felt like we lost a friend. Which is why we are all over The Most of Nora Ephron . . . We will never get enough of her searing wit and the deliberate way she turned life's tragic twists into heartbreakingly funny material. --Carolyn Mason Daily Candy A pleasure . . . Solid gold. --Marion Winik Newsday Readers will admire their literary heroine even more when thanks to The MOST of Nora Ephron they discover or are reminded of the brave positions she took and of how far her preoccupations and her writing ranged. --Francine Prose The New York Review of Books Gives you a close-up and thorough view of the writer . . . and goes far in clarifying who Ephron was not just as a sentimental favorite but as a writer and thinker . . . Anyone who knows of Ephron's virtuosic career . . . will remember that she wasn't just [the] intrepid reporter and filmmaker and opinion-sayer and personage who was played onscreen by no less than Meryl Streep. She was also someone who lived and who people who never met her felt like they knew. And that I think gives a clue as to why she will last. Because in the great rushing loneliness of the world when a writer's voice makes you feel befriended you want more of it even after the person is gone. --Meg Wolitzer NPR A big gratifying collection . . . It's the work of a brilliant woman who took copious notes on four decades of tumultuous social and political history and who exerted astonishing authorial control over the story of her own place within that history . . . A stirring portrait of both a nation in flux and of an extraordinary woman who retained a tight grip on her place within it right till the end. --Rebecca Traister Los Angeles Times Representing 40-plus years of work this volume illustrates not only Ephron's dynamic writing career as a journalist-turned-novelist-turned-filmmaker but also her incredible wit. Whether Ephron is writing about politics or purses sexism or soufflé her appeal is her intelligent incisive sense of humor. This is also part of what makes her such an icon . . . for America. Women may idolize her--she is the major inspiration for funny girl Lena Dunham creator of the HBO hit Girls--but through her writing and films she has changed the actual timbre of American humor . . . Gottlieb manages to pack this almost 600-page anthology with Ephron's most timeless pieces. Since we will never have enough of Nora Ephron the most will have to do. --Library Journal (starred) This hugely entertaining collection includes classics like Ephron's novel Heartburn and her screenplay for When Harry Met Sally . . . as well as columns blog posts and her final play Lucky Guy . . . Many people already know how Ephron felt about her neck (bad) and what she'd miss when she died (bacon). But while these gems are included here they're offset by the ruthless young Ephron who skewered journalistic ethics at The New York Times and made Gloria Steinem and Helen Gurley Brown cry during interviews. Tracing her evolution from these hard-nosed early pieces to the later vulnerable essays on aging makes this book even more moving . . . What made Ephron great was that she took the very things seriously that others dismissed as frivolous Cosmopolitan Teflon breast size and most of all herself. --Entertainment Weekly Reading nearly 600 pages of Ephron in one volume is a joy not only due to the range of her interests her capacious mind her mixture of humor and satire and self-deprecation but also her skill as a stylist. Few writers of Ephron's range and output have written so few clunky sentences or so many memorable ones. Included is perhaps her most famous essay . . . which expounded on the flatness of her chest; her neck became as famous as her chest but not until 2003. Ephron might be best remembered however for her searing insights into the craft of journalism and the complications of feminism. A delightful collection from a unique significant American writer. --Kirkus Reviews (starred) Celebrates Ephron's talent for turning her experiences into material . . . The book's most delicious offering is Ephron's magazine journalism from the 1970s with razor sharp profiles . . . and keenly intelligent reportage . . . The book documents the changing culture of the New York media world. 'Everything is copy ' Ephron's mother always said. This collection fulfills that motto with aplomb and will likely serve as a perfect holiday gift for Ephron fans. --Publishers Weekly (boxed) Reseña del editor A whopping big celebration of the work of the late great Nora Ephron America’s funniest—and most acute—writer famous for her brilliant takes on life as we’ve been living it these last forty years. Everything you could possibly want from Nora Ephron is here—from her writings on journalism feminism and being a woman (the notorious piece on being flat-chested the clarion call of her commencement address at Wellesley) to her best-selling novel Heartburn written in the wake of her devastating divorce from Carl Bernstein; from her hilarious and touching screenplay for the movie When Harry Met Sally . . . (“I’ll have what she’s having”) to her recent play Lucky Guy (published here for the first time); from her ongoing love affair with food recipes and all to her extended takes on such controversial women as Lillian Hellman and Helen Gurley Brown; from her pithy blogs on politics to her moving meditations on aging (“I Feel Bad About My Neck”) and dying. Her superb writing her unforgettable movies her honesty and fearlessness her nonpareil humor have made Nora Ephron an icon for America’s women—and not a few of its men. Biografía del autor Nora Ephron was the author of the hugely successful I Feel Bad About My Neck I Remember Nothing and Heartburn. She received Academy Award nominations for best original screenplay for When Harry Met Sally . . . Silkwood and Sleepless in Seattle which she also directed. Her other credits include the recent hit play Lucky Guy and the films You’ve Got Mail and Julie & Julia both of which she wrote and directed. She died in 2012.