Something I learned recently about the great Nora Ephron (writer of When Harry Met Sally, writer/director of Sleepless in Seattle, and writer/director/producer of You've Got Mail and Julie & Julia) is that she's sort of like the female, higher-IQ version of Forrest Gump. The woman has been everywhere, from the Kennedy White House (as an intern) to the audience of the Ed Sullivan Show the night The Beatles performed. She talked about this last month, when she was the special guest at a Carnegie Hall taping of the NPR show "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me," but the craziest part is, she barely remembers any of it. Only snippets. Considering that's how I feel about most of my childhood and adolescence, I can totally relate. Read on to learn more about her crazy life (and her aptly titled memoir) and a couple other great books we're reading this week — let's just hope against hope we'll remember a few details.
I Remember Nothing (and Other Reflections)
Author: Nora Ephron
Genre: Funny, wise, relatable memoir
What Happens: Ephron takes a (somewhat fuzzy) look back on her extraordinary life, along with little observations about subjects such as "Which Comes First: The Chicken Soup or the Cold?"
When to Read It: Anytime you're in the mood for a (good) romantic comedy but aren't in movie-watching mode.
Details: Knopf Doubleday, $22.95, November
The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities
Author: Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent
Genre: Memoir by one of your crazy-smart lady crushes
What Happens: O'Brien discusses her childhood in 1960s Long Island (not the easiest place to be as a mixed-race kid, no doubt), her early jobs in broadcasting, and the biggest stories she's covered — from the tsunami to Katrina to Obama's inauguration.
When to Read It: When you need some career-spiration (that's a word, right?).
Fame: What The Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity
Author: Tom Payne, British writer and journalist
Genre: Why-are-we-like-this explanatory tome
What Happens: Payne explains the eerie similarities between Lady Gaga and the Aztecs, Farah Fawcett and St. Felicity, and more kooky connections in an attempt to explain why we care so much about famous people.
Why Read It: Next time you find yourself wondering why the heck those Teen Mom kids are on magazine covers every week?! (Seriously!)