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I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved The Romantic Comedy ~Erin Carlson

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Delightful!  Is the best adjective I can use to describe I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING.  It is light fair and fun fare to read, as it is written like a Hollywood gossip column with lots and lots of details.  It is a biography that goes into the creation of how WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, and YOU’VE GOT MAIL were written and directed by Nora Ephron and how the director, writers, and actors change the rom-com world in the most delightful manner.

A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron’s revered trilogy–When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle–which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham. (From the cover)

Nora Ephron was from a family of screenwriters and lots of sisters.  She personally had a struggle with finding love and it took her several tries to gain the right match.  She was a perfectionist and a satirist who learned to share her emotions on the big screen and assist all the other poor folks in doing the same.  Ephron’s writing was dynamic and bold and formulated stories into other than the usual norm.  She knew which actors she wanted to play different parts and exactly what clothing and shoes they would wear in each scene.  She opened up the world of writing and directing to more women.  She created a trilogy of success.

I had no idea what the book was about when it arrived for review.  I just said, “yes” to a biography.   But about a week before the book arrived, I just needed something positive in my life and I rented YOU’VE GOT MAIL to take my mind off the news – It was the perfect respite to my worry

I actually rented WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE after I finished the book and found it so fun to know the back-stories and the little details.  And yes indeed, there was the sailboat covered in twinkle lights crossing the bay!!!   The observation deck of the Empire State Building was actually filmed on a sound stage in Seattle!  Success in the details.

The movie I have watched probably a hundred times is JULIE AND JULIA  also a Nora Ephron film and it just pulls me right out of any funk I am in at the time and wow, it is about Julia Child and a blogger who actually has success blogging.

What I did not know when the book arrived was that Nora Ephron had died of leukemia, and was no longer writing and making more movies for us to love and enjoy.  This created sadness and yet I still have her movies to enjoy again and again and again.   I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING is part of a great legacy.

I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING is a TLC Book Tours review book

About Erin Carlson

Erin Carlson has covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter and AP. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Fortune, and the LA Times. She compiled and wrote an oral history of You’ve Got Mail for Vanity Fair. She holds a master’s in magazine journalism from Northwestern, and has been profiled in the New York Times.

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The Top TEN

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

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One of the important aspects of blogging besides writing and posting this site and Biking Architect is that I spend about 10 hours of my week reading other blogs!   Yep that is part of my joy of reading.

Sometimes I think it is because I want to be an expert about the Law of Attraction – not really I am being funny! – because I feel by reading and reading and commenting it keeps the conversation open and it keeps me understanding how others are changing and what they are learning.  This habit creates more curiosity and wonder and ideas roaming around in my mind; I feel like the river is flowing.

Now I want to share my Top TEN for this week with you so you can enjoy what these folks have to say:

Hilary at Positive Letters is writing about early text messages and shorthand phrases – fascinating

Sam Juliano at Wonders in the Dark is sharing all the movies and plays he has seen over the course of the week – it is an amazing discussion and Monday Morning Diary.

Todd at Channeling Myself is sharing how our true knowing comes from our heart not our head.

I read about Melody of Deliberate Receiving on JD’s blog Sources of Insight and feel like I found a new friend especially with her fabulous words about winning the Lottery

Galen Pearl at 10 Steps to Finding your Happy Place is debriefing happiness and making it into manageable steps. Judgments are her series topic at present.

Deborah Barker is story telling about sorting pictures and cameras at Living Between the Lines.  She is a masterful writer.

Laurie Buchanan at Holessence is talking about multiplication Dandelion Style or maybe about how we all survive through our various stages and transitions to make wishes come true?

Terrill Welch a Mayne Island, British Columbia – Creativepotager – artist is getting ready for the current showing of her work, which is about a Study in Blue.I have been glued to her posts as she has step by step taken her readers from the back painting to the finished work.  I felt like I receive a mini-vacation with each visit.

Eliza at Silver and Grace just keeps the maturing woman right at pace with her insights and energy.  I enjoy receiving the newsletter in my inbox regularly and all the connections on Facebook – Have you Liked the Silver and Grace  page yet?

Last but never least is SIGHTLINE DAILY This is the daily sharing of all the news articles about the environment and what folks are doing for the earth – specifically as they relate to my neck of the woods.  I just love it when I read about someone else or some company making changes that have an impact on creating and preserving our natural environments.  And now the newsletter comes everyday!

Not another book review, but I hope you will enjoy some good writing and reading by travelling through these links.

Do you have a link you would like to give a shout out too?  A favorite place for you to wander around?
Please share.

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