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Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time.    This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, an Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time.    This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, and on events ranging from the Watergate scandal to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. In these sharp, hilariously entertaining, and vividly observed pieces, Ephron illuminates an era with wicked honesty and insight. From the famous “A Few Words About Breasts” to important pieces on her time working for the New York Post and Gourmet Magazine, these essays show Ephron at her very best.


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Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time.    This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, an Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time.    This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, and on events ranging from the Watergate scandal to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. In these sharp, hilariously entertaining, and vividly observed pieces, Ephron illuminates an era with wicked honesty and insight. From the famous “A Few Words About Breasts” to important pieces on her time working for the New York Post and Gourmet Magazine, these essays show Ephron at her very best.

30 review for Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    I'm really confused by the reviews of this collection here on GoodReads; the idea that these essays are "dated" just because they were written in the 70s is a pretty ridiculous notion. Nora is writing about women's issues that are still completely relevant today from the objectification of women in media to the expectations of wives and mothers (and the expectation that women "need" to be wives and mothers at all... not to mention everything in the media section still being eerily easy to relate I'm really confused by the reviews of this collection here on GoodReads; the idea that these essays are "dated" just because they were written in the 70s is a pretty ridiculous notion. Nora is writing about women's issues that are still completely relevant today from the objectification of women in media to the expectations of wives and mothers (and the expectation that women "need" to be wives and mothers at all... not to mention everything in the media section still being eerily easy to relate to (as a journalist myself) from revealing sources to the competition between journalists and the less than stellar state of newspaper offices etc. etc. As always, I love Nora's writing style and her witty takes on in-depth issues and lighthearted pieces alike... and I think that anyone who feels that these pieces are irrelevant today need to take a better look at the struggles women are still going through to reach equality in our society and the difficulties of being in the media.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joe Meyers

    Don't understand the negativity about this book elsewhere on Good Reads. Ephron writes about women and the media in the 1970s giving us a witty, contemporary take on everything from Watergate to the feuds between various feminist factions. It's first rate social history. Not the short, witty personal essays of her final years but great stuff nonetheless. Don't understand the negativity about this book elsewhere on Good Reads. Ephron writes about women and the media in the 1970s giving us a witty, contemporary take on everything from Watergate to the feuds between various feminist factions. It's first rate social history. Not the short, witty personal essays of her final years but great stuff nonetheless.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    Audiobook I have read another reviewer mentioning they thought there would be more humor in this - there is humor but a lot of the essays/columns are political which isn't that funny. The essays/columns were a clear look at her side of some of the huge events during the 1970s which was interesting to me because I was ages 9-16, old enough to remember most of these events. The section that was most interesting was about the Women's Movement which I knew peripherally about but this got into the ni Audiobook I have read another reviewer mentioning they thought there would be more humor in this - there is humor but a lot of the essays/columns are political which isn't that funny. The essays/columns were a clear look at her side of some of the huge events during the 1970s which was interesting to me because I was ages 9-16, old enough to remember most of these events. The section that was most interesting was about the Women's Movement which I knew peripherally about but this got into the nitty gritty of it. I liked this audiobook but didn't love it. Scribble Scribble was especially hard to get through even with my slight interest in the events. Don't expect a lot of laughs - I think I smiled twice but I did do a lot of cringing and whispering "gross" during Crazy Salad. So be aware there are some graphic scenes mentioned there. Crazy Salad I guess Nora Ephron had a column somewhere and these are some of her columns. What is fascinating to me is that although I was a child during the Women's Movement, I would wonder why other women would be so against it - like venomously against it. Why wouldn't a woman want to be paid the same as a man or be able to get credit alone, without a male signature? Nora was hugely involved in the movement and the stuff she talks about are shocking. But then she'll earnestly say something that is so naive and silly that it's like two different people are writing these columns and they are all within a couple of years. I guess the Women's Movement had a branch that was into self-help especially concerning women's vaginal/pregnancy issues. They would literally get up on stage and take off their pants so people could walk by and see what the cervix looks like. Okay, weird but not awful. Then they talked about removing all the blood from the cervix during a period and how isn't it great that you can even perform an abortion on yourself as long as you aren't too far along. What the hell!?! I'm all for a woman's body is a woman's body to make her own decisions about but this is so irresponsible. They even did an abortion on a woman at another meeting while she was on stage. Later she had a terrible infection and had to go to the hospital. Doctors at the time were saying how this isn't good for women but of course they're men so whatever. Nora talks about how she is afraid to really say anything unfavorable because she doesn't want to rock the boat about women's rights. WTF! Now I understand why women were so anti-feminism back then. Some of them were nuts! Then in another column Nora was talking about the porn Deep Throat and how everybody at that time were saying what a fantastic movie it was (which it isn't by the way). So Nora watched it, thought it was degrading. She then interviewed the female star. Nora Ephron was totally hung up on why Linda Lovelace shaved her pubic hair. She said she'd never heard of anyone doing that and Linda said well now you have. Nora thought that was just bizarre. This is the thing that will get you to say "How bizarre" not the women on stage? Scribble, Scribble This is more political essays/columns. Interesting but unless you're my age or older or interested in political history you would probably find it boring. Lots and lots of columns about Nixon, which she almost portrays as a buffoon and his cabinet as opportunistic. I'm not a fan of Nixon but to belittle his power and expertise in wielding it is a little artless. While he's scrambling for purchase and after he left office it's easy to talk about him in that way but that doesn't give what he did while in office any particular influence which his time in office did have. Also, I would hate to have been on her bad side because she eviscerates people in some of these columns. Some seem to deserve it although since these were written in the early and mid 1970s I'm not familiar with anyone but the big names as I was preteen and younger during this time. So, sometimes her stories are interesting and then other times I'm bored.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media (Vintage) - Nora Ephron  Having recently read Crazy Salad again, I didn't feel like I needed to give it another go. But I have never read Scribble Scribble. So, that was great. Ephron started a s a journalist, and I think that training informs her essays. They are personal, they are reflective, but they are also about something real, not just aimless musing. Quality writing, often amusing, and still vital and fresh. Libra Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media (Vintage) - Nora Ephron  Having recently read Crazy Salad again, I didn't feel like I needed to give it another go. But I have never read Scribble Scribble. So, that was great. Ephron started a s a journalist, and I think that training informs her essays. They are personal, they are reflective, but they are also about something real, not just aimless musing. Quality writing, often amusing, and still vital and fresh. Library copy   (edited for afterthought) In case you're wondering, apparently none of the material from Scribble Scribble made it into The Most of Nora Ephron, although some from Crazy Salad did. Just to clear things up for anyone else who might be considering a massive Ephron read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    This collection of short pieces is my first foray into Ephron's writing. While I found most of the pieces entertaining, Crazy Salad does suffer from being dated. A lot of the politicians and journalists mentioned were before my time. I got bored enough of names with no faces that I mostly skimmed the Scribble Scribble section. This collection of short pieces is my first foray into Ephron's writing. While I found most of the pieces entertaining, Crazy Salad does suffer from being dated. A lot of the politicians and journalists mentioned were before my time. I got bored enough of names with no faces that I mostly skimmed the Scribble Scribble section.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    This book, needless to say, is composed of two collections of articles penned by the late, great Nora Ephron. The pieces from the books Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media were originally published in magazines, mostly in Esquire and in the 1970s, and are gathered in this omnibus for their third outing. The pieces in Scribble Scribble seem to have weathered better than those in Crazy Salad. I'm tempted to believe that that's because I was a journalist a This book, needless to say, is composed of two collections of articles penned by the late, great Nora Ephron. The pieces from the books Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women and Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media were originally published in magazines, mostly in Esquire and in the 1970s, and are gathered in this omnibus for their third outing. The pieces in Scribble Scribble seem to have weathered better than those in Crazy Salad. I'm tempted to believe that that's because I was a journalist and have an insider's love of journo shoptalk. I read Scribble Scribble in the 1980s and loved it then. However, I'm also a feminist, and that didn't help me to like the Crazy Salad pieces. Four Crazy Salad pieces have stood the test of time (i.e., "The Littlest Nixon," "Crazy Ladies: II," "Rose Mary Woods -- The Lady or the Tiger?" and "Miami"). A few pieces provide an eye opener as to how pervasive and destructive sexism, particularly "Bernice Gera, First Lady Umpire" and "The Pig." But nearly all of the pieces are quite dated and too many simply are unreadable (e.g., "The Hurled Ashtray," "On Consciousness Raising"). "Bake Off" simply comes off as snobbery. Let's just declare the omnibus to be two books: two stars for Crazy Salad; four for Scribble Scribble, making an average of three stars for the lot. Readers would be best served by skipping the Crazy Salad and devouring the main course of Scribble Scribble.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Well, I got through Crazy Salad, but not Scribble, scribble. Crazy Salad had many articles on the first wave women's movement, how those women got along, changing roles for women, etc. Those essays and Ephron's comments on her own experience of her gender, I think, make interesting reading regardless of the passage of time. As most of the essays were timely, it depends on what you are interested in reading--her writing ranges from her beginnings to the NY Post, to Watergate, to the Miami Social Well, I got through Crazy Salad, but not Scribble, scribble. Crazy Salad had many articles on the first wave women's movement, how those women got along, changing roles for women, etc. Those essays and Ephron's comments on her own experience of her gender, I think, make interesting reading regardless of the passage of time. As most of the essays were timely, it depends on what you are interested in reading--her writing ranges from her beginnings to the NY Post, to Watergate, to the Miami Social Register. So, both light, and political. There's also an article on a miniseries? entitled An American Family, which sounds like it could have been the first reality TV show. So, I ran out of steam halfway through the second book, scribble, scribble. Looking at the titles of the remaining chapters, I new i would not be familiar with what she wanted to discuss, and as it wasn't more personal anecdotes or feminism, I decided to pass on it. Still, what I read was flawlessly written, with an engaging voice. I would definitely recommend Crazy Salad, especially to someone who wants to see a more personal portrait of first wave feminism. I read this as an ebook on kindle from my public library.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    I love Nora Ephron's writing. She is witty, perceptive, and skilled in her craft. I enjoyed the first half of the collection--Crazy Salad--more than the second--Scribble Scribble. I couldn't put the book down at first when reading about events that shaped our world in the 70's regarding women, politics, and politicians' personal and professional lives. I found that the second half of the book dragged a little, and I had to muscle my way through several of the essays not because they weren't conc I love Nora Ephron's writing. She is witty, perceptive, and skilled in her craft. I enjoyed the first half of the collection--Crazy Salad--more than the second--Scribble Scribble. I couldn't put the book down at first when reading about events that shaped our world in the 70's regarding women, politics, and politicians' personal and professional lives. I found that the second half of the book dragged a little, and I had to muscle my way through several of the essays not because they weren't concise and sharp, but because the subject-matter was somewhat dry. Bottom line: An excellent read for any Nora Ephron fan. If you don't like the topic of one essay, do skip on to the next one. There are many gems in this collection. Four stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Moira Russell

    I got this because it apparently reprints part of Scribble Scribble (this book itself seems to be the electronic edition of Crazy Salad Plus Nine, eight pieces from the earlier book plus an uncollected essay), which is really hard to find, but is often praised as Ephron's most hard-hitting nonfiction collection -- probably not a coincidence. ETA No, apparently this e-book reprints all of both Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble. Good for Vintage. I got this because it apparently reprints part of Scribble Scribble (this book itself seems to be the electronic edition of Crazy Salad Plus Nine, eight pieces from the earlier book plus an uncollected essay), which is really hard to find, but is often praised as Ephron's most hard-hitting nonfiction collection -- probably not a coincidence. ETA No, apparently this e-book reprints all of both Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble. Good for Vintage.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    These articles are still relevant.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I read this book for a book club. The woman who suggested that we read it (and many other women in the group) grew up in the 70s and thought it would be interesting to revisit these essays on what was going on with women at the time. I ended up being the only one in the group who finished it. The women who lived during that time kind of had the opinion that, after reading a bit, they realized they didn't really want to go back to the 70s. I was born in the late 70s so I just found some of the ma I read this book for a book club. The woman who suggested that we read it (and many other women in the group) grew up in the 70s and thought it would be interesting to revisit these essays on what was going on with women at the time. I ended up being the only one in the group who finished it. The women who lived during that time kind of had the opinion that, after reading a bit, they realized they didn't really want to go back to the 70s. I was born in the late 70s so I just found some of the material a little unrelatable. Some of the chapters were interesting for me to read, but some of the people and references she made I didn't know off the top of my head and had to look up. It took me a little effort to get through because I wasn't fully engaged with the book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Randee

    Nora Ephron was one hell of a writer. The material in these two volumes is very dated. I admit that I had to plough through with determination, more than pleasure, all the essays on Watergate, Women’s Liberation and subjects that are tied heavily to the 1970’s. But there is no question that Ephron’s commentary is interesting, well thought out and well written. It’s awful that her life was cut short because I am positive that she would have continued to write interesting pieces well into her nine Nora Ephron was one hell of a writer. The material in these two volumes is very dated. I admit that I had to plough through with determination, more than pleasure, all the essays on Watergate, Women’s Liberation and subjects that are tied heavily to the 1970’s. But there is no question that Ephron’s commentary is interesting, well thought out and well written. It’s awful that her life was cut short because I am positive that she would have continued to write interesting pieces well into her nineties.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Mchugh

    Vintage Nora Ephron essays, all written in the 1970s, but offered up by Random House in one handy place in the year she died - 2012. Prior to reading these essays, I was only familiar with her work via her screenplays: Julie & Julia; You've Got Mail; When Harry Met Sally; and Silkwood (to name a few). The essays gave me a full-throated sense of the "voice" that lies beneath the overarching sensibility inhabiting those movies. While I enjoyed the essays collected in the Scribble Scribble portion Vintage Nora Ephron essays, all written in the 1970s, but offered up by Random House in one handy place in the year she died - 2012. Prior to reading these essays, I was only familiar with her work via her screenplays: Julie & Julia; You've Got Mail; When Harry Met Sally; and Silkwood (to name a few). The essays gave me a full-throated sense of the "voice" that lies beneath the overarching sensibility inhabiting those movies. While I enjoyed the essays collected in the Scribble Scribble portion of the book, I found the Crazy Salad essays both more informative and more captivating. WOMEN. WHAT DO THEY WANT? Well, Nora Ephron had her own take on the answer to that eternal question men find so puzzling. The essays are from the 1970s, but the writing and the thinking are by no means out of date.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This book is compromised of essays written in the 1970s, and some of it manages to be surprisingly timeless, particular the parts of Crazy Salad that appear earlier in this book. However much of it is also very dated and covers people and events I've never heard of it and didn't take an interest in through her essays. This book is compromised of essays written in the 1970s, and some of it manages to be surprisingly timeless, particular the parts of Crazy Salad that appear earlier in this book. However much of it is also very dated and covers people and events I've never heard of it and didn't take an interest in through her essays.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Howard

    Even though her essays were from the 70s many issues are still relevant today (sadly). I also learned a lot about our culture and history. For example, did you know that there was a reality tv show about the Loud family in the 70s?!? Every day I was googling something new. However, Nora isn't just reporting history but giving an insightful interruption of events, movements, and people. Even though her essays were from the 70s many issues are still relevant today (sadly). I also learned a lot about our culture and history. For example, did you know that there was a reality tv show about the Loud family in the 70s?!? Every day I was googling something new. However, Nora isn't just reporting history but giving an insightful interruption of events, movements, and people.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I first read like half this book in ... 2013? 2014? around then. Glad I revisited. Some of these essays are so good you could change the nouns and dates and trick someone into thinking you wrote it last week. Some have aged less well (including one that’s just straight up transphobic).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Soquel

    Meh! I was hoping for more of the charm that her screenplays have.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Offbalance

    Someday, I hope to be as clever as Nora Ephron.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    My gripes with this book are related to the editing. This double volume was released long after either book was written. My book club, none of whom were born when these columns were originally published, had no frame of reference for the topics Ephron discussed. The publisher was remiss and lazy in failing to frame any of these pieces for the modern reader. Ultimately, I got so sick of googling names mentioned in every essay that I bailed at the end of the first of the two books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    I loved Nora Ephron long before I knew she had this other life prior to When Harry Met Sally and every other beloved romcom. I feel as if she invented romantic comedies. And her recent books made the aging process, if not palatable, at least something I could laugh about. So when I picked up this collection of stories I was somewhat let down-they weren’t what I consider her signature humor-until I began to think of them as a time capsule and maybe a bit of a history lesson of social events. Yes, I loved Nora Ephron long before I knew she had this other life prior to When Harry Met Sally and every other beloved romcom. I feel as if she invented romantic comedies. And her recent books made the aging process, if not palatable, at least something I could laugh about. So when I picked up this collection of stories I was somewhat let down-they weren’t what I consider her signature humor-until I began to think of them as a time capsule and maybe a bit of a history lesson of social events. Yes, the references are dated, written in the 70’s, but her observations about feminism, the women who paved the way and the events that unfolded are things we take for granted. And then there are the ‘everything old is new again’ moments. She recounts her conversations with friends about Upstairs, Downstairs and you think you’re reading a current conversation about Downton Abbey. Or her essay about a political convention where there is no story so the reporters take to reporting on each other. The familiarity of some of her commentaries remind me that all history is cyclical and events are populated by humans, therefore not new, just different. This may not be the Nora I fell in love with, but it is signature Nora. Rest in peace dear lady, you made your mark.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    I've owned this book for a few years but eventually opted to listen to the audiobook. It's 2 collections in one, and both are comprised of articles she wrote for newspapers and magazines. I prefer her collections hat were written as essays for a book (I Remember Nothing and I Feel Bad About My Neck). Crazy Salad has a lot of work around second wave feminism, which was interesting to visit at this point in time, along with a lot of magazine features and book reviews from the early 70s, many of wh I've owned this book for a few years but eventually opted to listen to the audiobook. It's 2 collections in one, and both are comprised of articles she wrote for newspapers and magazines. I prefer her collections hat were written as essays for a book (I Remember Nothing and I Feel Bad About My Neck). Crazy Salad has a lot of work around second wave feminism, which was interesting to visit at this point in time, along with a lot of magazine features and book reviews from the early 70s, many of which I really enjoyed. Scribble Scribble is subtitled Notes on the Media, which I didn't realise until towards the end. She critiques magazines, journalists, politicians and other figures from the time, most of which is basically irrelevant today. I skipped through quite a few of these after losing interest or finding my mind had wandered. But there are a few stand out pieces, and the final few pieces help it to end on a good note. Not the most relevant collection – there's a stronger, vastly shorter selection to be curated from the material – but it's Nora.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I checked this out as an audio book at the local library (cds). I thought the short stories would be great for driving around town. I only made it through "Crazy Salad" and returned it. I was expecting more of Ephron's remarkable humor and wit, but just found the essays to be uninviting and unengaging. Most are a serious critique of the Nixon administration, couched in women's liberation rhetoric. I'm sympathetic to the women's liberation movement (and even teach women's studies, for God's sake) I checked this out as an audio book at the local library (cds). I thought the short stories would be great for driving around town. I only made it through "Crazy Salad" and returned it. I was expecting more of Ephron's remarkable humor and wit, but just found the essays to be uninviting and unengaging. Most are a serious critique of the Nixon administration, couched in women's liberation rhetoric. I'm sympathetic to the women's liberation movement (and even teach women's studies, for God's sake), but found these essays to be tedious and monotonous. Perhaps this is BECAUSE I have a familiarity with the movement and that period in history (all the essays in "Crazy Salad" were written in the 1970s), but I did not not find them well-written or even faintly interesting. Ephron's writing definitely improved with age, as I've enjoyed some of her later books, especially "I feel Bad about my Neck." Crazy Salad has none of that self-effacing humor and is more self-righteous than anything.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pascale

    An interesting collection of (mostly dated) essays from 1972-1974. Some revealing anecdotes about the women’s liberation movement and its struggles, the politics of education at an exclusive female college (Wellesley), some personal essays about body image (breasts, or not having any), some political ones (Nixon-era), the porn industry (Deep Throat), - or was that another Nixon story?, some stories about people in the entertainment news, whom I never heard about, feminine hygiene products, etc. An interesting collection of (mostly dated) essays from 1972-1974. Some revealing anecdotes about the women’s liberation movement and its struggles, the politics of education at an exclusive female college (Wellesley), some personal essays about body image (breasts, or not having any), some political ones (Nixon-era), the porn industry (Deep Throat), - or was that another Nixon story?, some stories about people in the entertainment news, whom I never heard about, feminine hygiene products, etc. I had no idea male-female discrimination had been that blatant (as in the essay about the first female umpire, who gave up because of the harassment she had been subjected to, etc.), and reading this book shows that there has been some improvement, although discrimination is now ever more insidious.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Liz Sawyer

    4 stars Crazy Salad/ 3 to Scribble Scribble. Women's movement, insider political/journalist life in DC, changing trends of media are central themes in the essays compiled here. While written in 70s, I found it surprising how some of them highlight the circular nature of these things or how some issues have never changed. Others were boring or filled with name dropping that is no longer current, therefore making them easy to skim over. As a female, I think reading Crazy Salad should be required f 4 stars Crazy Salad/ 3 to Scribble Scribble. Women's movement, insider political/journalist life in DC, changing trends of media are central themes in the essays compiled here. While written in 70s, I found it surprising how some of them highlight the circular nature of these things or how some issues have never changed. Others were boring or filled with name dropping that is no longer current, therefore making them easy to skim over. As a female, I think reading Crazy Salad should be required for discussion in any women's history class or book club. Scribble Scribble would be more appropriate to generate debate in a media/communications/PR class (so less interesting to general population I think).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Book club choice but so glad it was chosen. Brilliant - Nora Ephron had such a wonderful insight to the world, people, politics. Although known for her wit, she also had incredible morals and beliefs in what the country is and could be. I knew of her mainly from her movie scripts, and the humorous I Feel Bad about My Neck so this was a big surprise. The writings were all from the 1970s - I was just a new teen back then so even though I knew some of what she was writing about, I didn't understand Book club choice but so glad it was chosen. Brilliant - Nora Ephron had such a wonderful insight to the world, people, politics. Although known for her wit, she also had incredible morals and beliefs in what the country is and could be. I knew of her mainly from her movie scripts, and the humorous I Feel Bad about My Neck so this was a big surprise. The writings were all from the 1970s - I was just a new teen back then so even though I knew some of what she was writing about, I didn't understand much of it at the time. Her essays really provide a different aspect of what was happening and really gave me new perspectives. Her voice will really be missed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This is a collection of articles that Ephron wrote in the 70s. They are not the humorous Ephron that I had become familiar with. They are good journalism - for the time. It did take me back through times that we both lived, bringing to mind many names and situations that had developed a lot of dust on in my memory.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ayelet Waldman

    Her death made me so very sad, so I read a bunch of her essays.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I enjoy Nora Ephron in all forms and reading her essays from so long ago was like an anthropological study.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Ray

    This book is actually an omnibus edition of two Nora Ephron collections of essays. As such, I'll be reviewing each book and commenting on various essays. CRAZY SALAD This collection of essays is derived from a column Ephron wrote in the 1970s in Esquire magazine. Her column was on women's issues and what she wrote was what interested her the most at the time she was writing that month. These are the essays: "A Few Words About Breasts" 5/5 Nora discusses the feelings of androgyny that she had through This book is actually an omnibus edition of two Nora Ephron collections of essays. As such, I'll be reviewing each book and commenting on various essays. CRAZY SALAD This collection of essays is derived from a column Ephron wrote in the 1970s in Esquire magazine. Her column was on women's issues and what she wrote was what interested her the most at the time she was writing that month. These are the essays: "A Few Words About Breasts" 5/5 Nora discusses the feelings of androgyny that she had through her youth, as she desperately wanted to be more girlish than she really was, and her thoughts that the only thing that would make her indisputably a girl was to grow breasts. As she was a late bloomer, she dealt with a lot of insecurity (and padded bras) on the way to growing her own bust. She also dealt with a lot of angst from other women who used their larger breasts as if breast size were a competition where larger breasts equaled more femininity. This article made me think about how we all struggle with problem areas in our bodies that make us feel less than and how our comparisons to each other are life changing as we interact with these fake comparisons and ideals. "Fantasies" 5/5 This essay has Ephron discussing sex after women's liberation. Her thesis is that sex can't be truly liberated until sexual fantasies become based less on the themes of dominance and submission. Perhaps as society changes, this will change, but perhaps not. "On Never Having Been a Prom Queen" 5/5 Ephron discusses how the problems of beautiful people are not necessarily the ones that interest her as she has never been a "beautiful" person. This leads to musing on differences and different perspectives as she acknowledges that often the women's liberation movement says it is about "options" for women but only respects those who choose certain options. "The Girls in the Office" 3.5/5 Ephron begins by discussing a book that contains the thinly veiled lives of real-life women in an office. Their love lives and relationships with men are just crazy, and Ephron believes that these women, because they are willing to treat them as if they are just little boys, feed into a real problem in men/women relationships. "Reunion" 2/5 Ephron goes back to her alma mater, Wellesley college, for her ten year reunion. The notes the progress and differences, the impact or lack thereof Wellesley has on the word, and quite honestly, waxes a little maudlin. "Miami" 2.5/5 This is really just reporting of the NWPC convention in 1972. I would call it a boring relic just for historians, but I did enjoy reading about the infighting and conflict between Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. I'm not familiar enough with the feminist movement of the 1970s to have been aware of this tension between leaders. "Vaginal Politics" 2/5 This is a book review of a book that discusses the state of women's treatment by gynecologists. Topics such as DIY abortions, when a woman can be sterilized, and how women often attempt in some form to avoid their monthly periods are covered. Interesting for its look into historical women's issues. "Bernice Gera, First Lady Umpire" 5/5 This is profile of Bernice Gera, who actually umpired one game of minor league baseball, becoming the first woman to do so professionally. She only umpired one game before quitting, and Ephron tells her story, explaining why Gera quit and pondering whether she set the women's movement back. I found this really interesting, and I did more research after reading this article to find that there have only been 7 women who have professionally pursued umpiring in baseball and none have broken through to the major league level, instead seeing their careers stall out at or before AAA ball. I think I'm going to take the opposite few from Ephron and say that Gera did set the women's movement back in baseball. "Deep Throat" 4/5 A discussion of a classic pornographic film. "On Consciousness-Raising"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    3.5 rounded up. Undoubtedly a five star if one could time-travel back and read this collection in the late 1970s, since its essays all appeared in that era, mostly in Esquire. As someone who was a fairly wee tot when the early ones were written, I enjoyed filling in some gaps in knowledge about political and social events and figures I only knew of in passing. The Crazy Salad part feels the more dated, as her choices about the women she writes about (or targets) seem quaint now and often beside t 3.5 rounded up. Undoubtedly a five star if one could time-travel back and read this collection in the late 1970s, since its essays all appeared in that era, mostly in Esquire. As someone who was a fairly wee tot when the early ones were written, I enjoyed filling in some gaps in knowledge about political and social events and figures I only knew of in passing. The Crazy Salad part feels the more dated, as her choices about the women she writes about (or targets) seem quaint now and often beside the point; plus some of the women she skewers, like the extremely house-proud competitors in the Pilsbury Bakeoff chatting about their Mona's prune-whip souffle and Golden Sunset kitchen appliances...are just sitting ducks from this vantage point, and likely were even then. The media essays I found more rewarding, though inevitably the lighter/more trivial ones that would've been a ton of fun in the context of the era (like one about a pair of women who devoted themselves to creating acrostic puzzles) don't retain their interest, though Ephron's voice is always a pleasure. Some of them feel then not unlike a contemporary "Talk of the Town" piece written at full length. But there are a good share of pieces worthy of (re)visiting.

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