As a writer currently immersed in the genre of memoir, I took an interest in Nora Ephron’s latest offering called I Remember Nothing. Given the few reviews I’ve read, the title is accurate.  Ephron likes to celebrate the personal and her current gala is about how she’s handling aging.  Sure it ain’t pretty, but do we really need another set of bad quips and feeble attempts at humor to remind us.  Yet this lightweight volume gets all the press and attention a publicist can offer.

You know that old cliche about the 1960s: “If you remember anything about the 60s, you weren’t there.”   I beg to differ.  I remember everything and I was there.  With that in mind, it seems to me it takes a mighty dose of chutzpah to write a memoir with Ms. Ephron’s title.  How does this little volume get published anyway?  I fear I know the answer, and you do too.

Some of the readers of Ephron’s book are demanding their money back.  Some actually paid full hardcover price.  One disgruntled customer suggested that Nora Ephron’s fans get a latte, sit down in your favorite bookstore with chairs and consume both simultaneously.  Apparently that’s the time it takes.

If life isn’t fair, then trying to get a book published is just as big a crapshoot.  But then you knew that.  No sour grapes please.  Just remember to remember and then write it all down.

5 Comments

  1. Kicking “…Kindness” (Hey C-A)to the curb but good to hear the frustration with apathy. Keep up the good tirade. If you’re not angry then you must be reading Ephron. (Comments made without any prior or present knowledge of Ephron or the work cited. Kinda like when the Pope pans a movie.)

  2. Bruce, the feeling is well understood. How is it that book stores are filled with 90% bad books that no one reads, 5% of bad books (bestsellers) that lots of people read, and only 5% of good literature? I’m afraid we will never know a precise answer, apart from a hypothesis that people involved in selecting what to print are not the same individuals who have a good taste. Yet, once in a while good work that fits in the latter 5% does make it through, and because of that, I share your optimism and applaud your advice.

  3. C-A,
    You are quite right, she has a wonderful body of work. We’re all entitled to throw in a clunker now and then, I guess. What got me was the title. At first I loved it, and then after hearing her on talk shows and other venues her publicist set up to promote the book, there was no there there. Plus, I’ve been sick all week, lost my voice, have to go to the dentist, got a rejection, and had to put up with my mother-in-law for two days too many. I get cranky and that book got the brunt of my wrath.

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