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Sister mother husband dog, etc.
2013
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A collection of personal stories and essays describes the author's relationship with her late sister, Nora, and offers moving and humorous anecdotes on their mutual love, respect, and sibling rivalry. - (Baker & Taylor)

In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, writing, movies, and family. In “Sister,” she deftly captures the rivalry, mutual respect, and intimacy that made up her relationship with her older sister and frequent writing companion, Nora. “Blame It on the Movies” is Ephron’s wry and romantic essay about becoming a writer and finding a storybook ending to her twenties, though it was just the beginning of a lifetime of taking notes. “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 moment of this superb and singular work.

- (Brilliance Audio)

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Ephron (The Girl with the Mermaid Hair) begins her memoir with a loving tribute to her sister Nora, who died in 2012, and goes on to write about other triumphs and frustrations of contemporary life: dog ownership, the proliferation of branch banks in her Greenwich Village neighborhood, attempts to reclaim her Internet domain name after it lapsed, and mail-order gift-shipping mishaps. She writes bravely and poignantly about growing up with brilliant and creative parents who were profound alcoholics. Ephron ends with a chapter about Nora, which is only fitting: they were sometimes rivals, frequent collaborators, and always friends. Meg Ryan's reading conveys all the emotions that Ephron expresses. VERDICT An excellent selection for public libraries and women's studies collections.—Nann Blaine Hilyard, Zion-Benton P.L., IL

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