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Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. (2013)

by Delia Ephron(Favorite Author)
3.64 of 5 Votes: 5
0399166556 (ISBN13: 9780399166556)
Blue Rider Press
review 1: Delia Ephron's book of essays were, as all good memoirs should be, an intimate conversation with the reader...what'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 "insights into my soul," as Kathleen Kelly said so well, how could it be any other way? Yet the sorrow is tempered by humor and remembrances of growing up with alcoholic parents, writing together in their kitchens, and sharing so many thoughts that one could hardly know who said what.... more As with any memoir, we are always delighted to see ourselves in the pages. Delia gives her dogs many names, she sees the downside of the ease of shopping on-line, she loves bakeries, she grew up with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, she carries with her the words of her mother, she struggles to understand her faith, she crochets. She's found her way through destructive environments, disappointments, pain, and loss. Delia says she has chosen to continue writing books, rather than screen scripts, to be able to "hear her own voice." I'm thankful.
review 2: An absolute delight! Ephron strikes a chord with her look at the relationships in her life. Her discussions of her relationships with her mother and sister, Nora, will stay with me for a long time. However, she also finds the humor in the everyday, which had me laughing out loud on several occasions. Meg Ryan was the perfect choice to read the book. Her reading of Ephron's words made me feel like I was having coffee with a close friend. less
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Autobiographical essays. Wonderful, insightful writing on families, writing, relationships and more.
Some essays better than others but overall very worth reading.
Sweet, funny, she takes on everything from grief to tweeting.
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