Make “The Most of Nora Ephron”

A posthumous collection of the funny lady’s best stuff

When Nora Ephron died last year, we felt like we lost a friend.

Which is why we are all over The Most of Nora Ephron, a massive collection of her writings on journalism, feminism, food, politics, aging, and dying. Yeah, we already knew how badly she felt about being flat chested, but we will never get enough of her searing wit and the deliberate way she turned life’s tragic twists into heartbreakingly funny material. (If we weren’t laughing, we’d be crying.)

The book hits shelves today and opens with an introduction by Robert Gottlieb. It includes her best-selling novel (inspired by her divorce from Carl Bernstein), Heartburn; essays; a selection of blog posts; articles from Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble; and pieces from I Feel Bad About My Neck, I Remember Nothing, and Wallflower at the Orgy.

You can read her 1996 Wellesley commencement address; the screenplay for When Harry Met Sally; and her final play, Lucky Guy (now on Broadway, starring Tom Hanks). There’s also the delicious opportunity to revisit wicked profiles of controversial women such as Lillian Hellman, Helen Gurley Brown, Dorothy Schiff, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

And, finally, it gives us one more chance to drop her most famous line into a conversation: “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Available at amazon.com, $23.

Photo: Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf