Thanks for stopping by to check on my week. I apologoize to those of you who stopped by to check on me only to find a rude message. My blog became involved in some serious technical problems (something to do with malware) that took days to resolve. It looks like everything is now resolved. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Fortunately. I had a nice big and exptremely interesting nonfiction to keep me company this week.
If you, like me, are a fan of romantic comedy movies, then I have a book for you. And, if these three movies — Sleepless In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail — are among your favorites, you need to run out right now and get thisbook. I’m talking about I’ll Have What She’s Having by Erin Carlson. The subtitle tells more: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved The Romantic Comedy.
Here’s a bit more from the publisher:
A backstage look at the making of Nora Ephron’s revered trilogy–When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle–which brought romantic comedies back to the fore, and an intimate portrait of the beloved writer/director who inspired a generation of Hollywood women, from Mindy Kaling to Lena Dunham.
In I’ll Have What She’s Having entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics. With a cast of famous faces including Reiner, Hanks, Ryan, and Crystal, Carlson takes readers on a rollicking, revelatory trip to Ephron’s New York City, where reality took a backseat to romance and Ephron–who always knew what she wanted and how she wanted it–ruled the set with an attention to detail that made her actors feel safe but sometimes exasperated crew members.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. True, I like the subject matter, but it was more than that. It felt like that guilty pleasure when I indulge in gossipy blogs or you-tube videos or TV shows about celebrities. Do you know what I mean? Yes, it was interesting to read, but now I feel like I know all the backstage machinations that normally only the insiders know.
In addition, I got copies of all three movies and watched them all over again. I really like these movies, but now I watched them as an insider. “Good thing they didn’t cast Dennis Quaid as him.” I’d say, or “Julia Roberts would have been all wrong in that role.” It’s a great book for a movie lover.
About the Author
Erin Carlson has covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter and AP. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Fortune, and the LA Times. She compiled and wrote an oral history of You’ve Got Mail for Vanity Fair. She holds a masters in magazine journalism from Northwestern, and has been profiled in the New York Times.
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Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here: Erin Carlson Book Tour Schedule
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That’s all for me this week. Happy Reading.