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I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy

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Staff Review: "I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy" by Erin Carlson

★★★★

This book provides readers with a brief history of Ephron’s life prior to her filmmaking years, but the main focus is a behind-the-scenes tour of the writing, filming, and releases of Nora Ephron’s three classic romantic comedies: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. While the spotlight is on Ephron and her transition from journalist to screenwriter and director through this cinematic trifecta, stories of Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, and Delia Ephron, her sister, are incorporated into the narrative. The combination of personal stories, bits of trivia, and dialogue from the movies themselves make for a fun read, though it also serves to highlight the barriers women face in Hollywood as directors and performers. This book is recommended for fans of these three films, and don't be surprised if reading this book prompts you to revisit the movies.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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