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Nora Ephron has the final word with 'The Most of Nora Ephron'
Nora Ephron has the final word with 'The Most of Nora Ephron'

Amid the tributes that poured out after Nora Ephron's 2012 death, one anecdote was repeated often. It was about Phoebe Ephron, Nora's hard-driving screenwriter mother, who became a cirrhotic alcoholic and on her deathbed instructed her eldest daughter, "You're a reporter, Nora, take notes." Ephron would return to this command, along with another of her mother's dictums, "Everything is copy," to explain why so many writers in her family shared a gift for transforming the ugly guts of life into sometimes wrenching, often hilarious narrative. The publication of "The Most of Nora Ephron" (Knopf: 576 pp., $35) makes clear that commandments...

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