Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

Sister Mother Husband Dog Etc In Sister Mother Husband Dog Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life love sisterhood movies and family In Losing Nora she d

  • Title: Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.
  • Author: Delia Ephron
  • ISBN: 9780399166556
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

    In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, sisterhood, movies, and family In Losing Nora, she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion Blame It on the Movies is EphIn Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, sisterhood, movies, and family In Losing Nora, she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion Blame It on the Movies is Ephron s wry and romantic essay about surviving her disastrous twenties, becoming a writer, and finding a storybook ending Bakeries is both a lighthearted tour through her favorite downtown patisseries and a thoughtful, deeply felt reflection on the dilemma of having it all From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron s eloquent style and voice illuminate every page of this superb and singular work.

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    1. Diane

      I'm so glad this book found me. This is a touching collection of essays from Delia Ephron, younger sister to the famous Nora Ephron. As you may remember, Nora Ephron died from cancer in 2012. In the first essay, called "Losing Nora," Delia writes movingly about her relationship with her sister, and that difficult period of caregiving, followed by grief. Other essays are about Delia's screenwriting experiences, her unhappy first marriage, how she became a writer, her collaborations with her siste [...]

    2. Esil

      I listened to the audio of Sister Mother Husband Dog by Delia Ephron. I listened to it on the heals of reading Siracusa. Siracusa was clever and entertaining. Ephron's collection of personal essays was also clever and entertaining -- but also often very moving. Ephron writes about serious topics -- her grief over her sister Nora's death and her mother's alcoholism -- and seemingly more trivial topics -- her love of bakeries and love for her dog. But each essay is both light and serious at the sa [...]

    3. Debbie

      One of the funniest lines in this gem of a book is also one of the author’s favorites. Delia decided to leave a job where she had a bad boss. On her way out the door, she said “I quit.” And he said, “You’re flat-chested.” Need I say more? Well, I will. How funny and bizarre is that? And how endearing can Delia be? Thus begins my love affair with this book.I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know much about Delia Ephron. She was the faraway sister of Nora. I read two books of hilariou [...]

    4. Susan Lulgjuraj

      The name Ephron conjures up a pioneering woman, a journalist, a writer, a director.In "Sister Mother Husband Dog" by Delia Ephron we get to see Nora Ephron as a little more than that – a sibling, a creator. But the book is not about Delia's older sister, only parts of it are. The book opens and closes with her relationship and collaboration with Nora, the best parts of the book.Nora Ephron died in June of 2012, and Delia’s pain is still raw and real. For anyone that has lost someone close, D [...]

    5. Patricia Geller

      Delia opens the book with the death of her sister but unlike other memoirs of loss, she reports on the loss but you don't feel it. This whole book is a collection of essays that go down like confections - light, tasty, enjoyable in the moment and ulimately, not filling but well-written for what they are. There is some reporting of what it was like to grow up in such a dysfuctional family but she doesn't take us under the surface but that is her style and she doesn't veer from it. Weird that a bo [...]

    6. Diane Barnes

      Delia is not as funny as Norah, but she knows that and compensates in other ways. Her first essay about the death of Norah and how much she misses her is really wonderful, and a later one about her alcoholic mother is almost painful to read. In between there's a very funny piece about the horror of computer and phone upgrades. The others are just okay.

    7. Erica

      I closed my review of I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman with the following, which seems a good opener for this review:P.S.I do not recommend following I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman with this book. Delia starts out with the Nora's end days. I've been crying in the car for two drives, now. It's been hard to go from Nora talking about death, losing her BFF and wondering who was next - and now I know she knew she was sick when she wrote tha [...]

    8. David

      collection of essays by screenwriter/novelist/playwright whose famous sister, and sometime collaborator, Nora died a year or so ago. Extremely uneven. Long piece about growing up with an alcohol dependent mother was heartbreaking, whereas the stuff about things you've ordered online being sent to the wrong address, unreasonable bank fees, effects of bad weather on her hair, or software upgrades that add complexity without corresponding benefit could have been cut.I was not surprised to read that [...]

    9. Robin

      3.5 stars, rounded up. Such a likable voice. She mentions her age once, 66, but her voice easily sounds like someone in her mid thirties to 40s, and I warmed up to that, as a Tita. It's like stopping for a quick chat with a friend but look at the time it's been a couple of hours and you hadn't realized. I'm not a dog person but I read the whole piece on Honey in its entirety. The one about her mother danced around the topic, weaving in and out the center, and in the end, the little bits added up [...]

    10. Julie

      I love Delia Ephron. I wish I could meet her and talk with her, drinking tea, and have her be my best friend. We are so similar. I love the fact that she loves dogs - crazy about them. I cried at her loss of losing her sister. A moving, funny memoir and I recommend for anybody who has a sister. On audiobook this was tops with Meg Ryan (who else but?) narrating.

    11. Russ Ryan

      I was doing a search for "dog books" when I came across this title, but was thrilled to get a copy since I've always been a fan of the Ephron sisters' work (Delia, Nora, Hallie, Amy). In case you haven't heard of them, the Ephrons are like the Kardashians of romantic comedy screenwriting -- and I mean that as a compliment in terms of their films' popularity, not the contents of their character!Sadly, last summer, Nora Ephron (the writer-director of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and YOU'VE GOT MAIL, of wh [...]

    12. Kevin

      An enjoyable, thought-provoking and nakedly honest collection of essay's by Delia Ephron, novelist (HANGING UP, THE LION IS IN), screenwriter (SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, YOU'VE GOT MAIL, MICHAEL, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE), humorist (HOW TO EAT LIKE A CHILD), daughetr of screenwriters Henry & Pheobe Ephron (DESK SET, CAROUSEL, THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS) and younger sister of Nora Ephron.The book is bookened with two essays about her sister Nora. "Losing Nora" begins the book- [...]

    13. Pam

      Delia Ephron's book of essays were, as all good memoirs should be, an intimate conversation with the readerwhat's really going on under the facade of the mundane. As a Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail fanatic (all time favorite comfort movies), I was delighted to receive this book as a First Reads giveaway and get to know the Ephron sisters, Delia and Nora, as more than writer and director. The loss of Nora begins and ends the book. It lingers about each chapter. Since ssays are "insight [...]

    14. TinHouseBooks

      Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): Sister Mother Husband Dog, Etc Delia Ephron. One of my favorite books as a kid was Do I Have to Say Hello?, a super-sarcastic manners guide that spoke to my black little elementary school heart. This fall I was trying to track down a copy for my nieces. Imagine my surprise to discover it was written by Delia Ephron, a name lost on 7-year-old me (oh, provincial youth!). It felt serendipitous, then, when I spotted Ephron’s essay collect [...]

    15. Martha

      I would recommend this enjoyable collection of stories to anyone looking for a sort of palate cleanser between heavier reads. Delia Ephron has a great voice – honest, friendly, and thoughtful so that the experience of reading was like listening to a spunky girlfriend of mine dish about this or that. A few stories should have been cut out of the collection altogether (the internet site one and the one about bad hair come to mind), and I agree that the rest of the stories would have benefited wi [...]

    16. Chel

      This was a satisfying little collection of essays to carry around in my Nook for waiting rooms and train rides -- one of those books that's always interesting, has multiple stopping points, and doesn't mind if you ignore it for periods, or play through with other books. I gave it only four stars because I won't be rushing to my friends to say, "You must read this book!" But I did really like it.The one essay that I will likely go back to and talk to my friends about (in fact already have) is a l [...]

    17. Karen

      The book was well written. But really, there shouldn't be a need to accuse Nora of stealing your lines and quotes, again and again. Since Nora is no longer here to speak for herself, the complaints sound bitter and jealous.

    18. Gina

      Enjoyed this series of short stories, very endearing, funny, sad, humorous. Had no idea how much Delia and Nora had written including screen plays and plays. Very talented family of writers.

    19. Lisa

      This book of Delia Ephron’s shows how expert the author is at turning seemingly mundane topics into something very personal, very honest, very true, very sad and very funny. She comes from a family obsessed with the written word, with all words and their precise meanings.I love that Ms. Ephron is so self-aware and maybe this comes from being the middle child or maybe this is also a family trait. These are essays and they are sometimes about serious topics but I hope the word essay doesn’t co [...]

    20. Janet Garber

      Delia Ephron's book of essays is delightful, funny, honest, winning. My favorite line was about technology: "Baby boomers cannot keep learning new things, stuffing new information into their overcrowded brains. We're already passing out from it."So funny. What a great talented mixed up family. Lots of insights into her relationship with Nora too. But she is a talent in her own right. Nice fast read.

    21. Maya

      Phenomenal thoughts, both heartwarming and wrenching, on some of the toughest subjects- sisters, mothers, and identity. More often than not, I would think, "Gee, this sounds like Nora." Now I'm seeing maybe the parts of Nora's writing which were Delia all along. She's bright and still sharp, she's sweet and still all too honest. It's all blurry when it comes to these relationships.

    22. Emma

      I devoured Nora Ephron's memoirs and thought Delia would have a similar writing style and wit. She comes close but lacks a certain idiosyncratic charm that only Nora can so aptly convey. I also got the sense that she feels a sort of inferiority complex to Nora, which I'll never fully understand. Nonetheless, an entertaining read for Nora Ephron fans who are curious about the other Ephron sisters.

    23. Donna

      Needed an Ephron fix. I listened to the audio, Meg Ryan narrated, she was a great choice. Delia is a bit lighter, not as edgy as Nora. Together they both wrote wonderful screenplays. I enjoyed this and will be looking for more.

    24. Lori

      I enjoyed this one. There were a few chapters that I wasn't as interested in, but I particularly enjoyed the chapters about her relationship with her sister Nora. I listened to this one on audiobook, and I thought that Meg Ryan did a stellar job reading it.

    25. Regina Mastrogiacomo

      I want to say that the book was fun to read, even though the subject matter was serious. The book reminded me of a diary from someone who is trying to come to terms with all that has happen in their lives. I love her description of New York and visiting all those bakeries.

    26. Cheryl

      Enjoyable collection of essays, finished in one sitting. She opens the book with the death of her sister, Nora Ephron. This is the strongest essay in the bookme of the essays are very heavy, dealing with Jeff and alcoholism and other painful subjects, well other essays are light and fluffy.

    27. Vickie

      A collection of essays on a number of topics. I enjoy the writing of both Delia and Nora Ephron. I especially enjoyed the bittersweet descriptions of the relationship between Delia and her sister Nora.

    28. Joan Wilcox

      A light, entertaining readI must be a sucker for family stories- although this is not 'only' that. So I'm NOT the only one with Mother issues? Nor sister issues, too? Sad thing to lose someone you were so close to- cancer sucks

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