Friday, July 19, 2024

Nora Ephron’s Books Shoot into the Amazon Top 20, iBooks Charts


At least her family will know she’s appreciated: in the last few hours, most of Nora Ephron’s books have shot into the top 20 after being completely off the best seller lists. “Heartburn,” “I Remember Nothing,” “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” are all in top 20 paperbacks. “Wallflower at the Orgy” is number 100. The only one lagging behind is “Crazy Salad.” Otherwise, readers are literally scooping up the entire Ephron canon like crazy. Ephron was eulogized today at the AOL/PBS lunch for their new “Makers” series honoring Gloria Steinem, Tina Brown, Katie Couric, Arianna Stassinopolous, artist Faith Ringgold and other movers and shakers among women in media, the arts, and advertising. Barbara Walters spoke eloquently about Ephron and their monthly “Harpies” lunch that also included Liz Smith and Peggy Siegal. (She also joked that J. Fred Muggs, the chimp on the Today show in the 50s, was “gay but no one could discuss it.”) A clip was shown of Ephron being interviewed for the series. “When I first started directing, there were like three female directors,” she said, proudly. “Now there are maybe 40.” PS The books are also doing very well on And on iTunes/iBooks, “Heartburn” is number 32, and “I Remember Nothing” is number 35, which is sort of amazing.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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