Nora Ephron's Picks


  • 'Art'

    By Yasmina Reza

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780571190140
    • Publisher: Faber and Faber
    • Published: 1998
    Serge has bought a modern painting for a huge sum of money. Marc hates it and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a work. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides. If your friendship is based on tacit mutual agreement, what happens when one person does something completely different and unexpected? The question is: Are you who you think you are or are you who your friends think you are? Yasmina Reza's dazzling comedy received the Moliere Award for best play, best production and best author and ran for 18 months at the Comedie des Champs-Elysees, Paris, from October 1994. 63p.
  • A Map of the World

    By Jane Hamilton

    Our Price: $7.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385720106
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: 1995
    (Oprah's Book Club/December 1999 selection). A gripping cast of sinners, sufferers, and opportunists given the settings and self-perceptions to hang or redeem themselves. 390p. Pap.
  • Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape

    By Susan Brownmiller

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780449908204
    • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    • Published: May 1993
    Surveys the history of rape and the origins of American rape laws, examines interracial, homosexual, and child rape, and profiles the police-blotter rapist and representative victims
  • Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients

    By Ina Garten

    Our Price: $17.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781400054350
    • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Publishers
    • Published: October 2008
    Here Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking and entertaining a breeze. The recipes - crowd-pleasers like Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuscan Lemon Chicken, and Easy Sticky Buns - demonstrate Ina's talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can make without stress. For newcomers, there's a thorough master class on the basics of Barefoot Contessa cooking plus a Q&A section with answers to the questions people ask her all the time. With invaluable cooking tips. Illus., color photos.
  • Bel Canto

    By Ann Patchett

    Our Price: $16.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061565311
    • Publisher: HarperPerennial
    • Published: June 2008
    When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including American opera star Roxane Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan. Reissue. 50,000 first printing.
  • Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

    By Rebecca Traister

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781439150290
    • Publisher: Free Press
    • Published: June 2011
    Big Girls Don’t Cry offers a startling appraisal of the 2008 presidential campaign and brilliantly demonstrates that it was transformative for American women and for the nation. The campaign for the presidency reopened some of the most fraught American conversations—about gender, race and generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the right—difficult discussions that had been left unfinished but that are crucial to further perfecting our union. Throughout the book, Traister weaves in her own experience as a thirtysomething feminist sorting through all the events and media coverage—vacillating between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and forced to face tough questions about her own feminism, the women’s movement, race and the different generational perspectives of women working toward political parity. Electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining, Big Girls Don’t Cry offers an enduring portrait of dramatic cultural and political shifts brought about by this most historic of American contests.
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    By Alison Bechdel

    Our Price: $8.50 - $16.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780618871711
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
    • Published: June 2007
    A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
  • Le Mariage

    By Diane Johnson

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780452282261
    • Publisher: Plume
    • Published: April 2001
    This is Diane Johnson’s bestselling novel about American abroad and Parisians at home. With two appealing heroines at its center – one French, one American – LE MARRIAGE celebrates the paradoxes of marriage, as it is perceived on both sides of the Atlantic, from pre-marital jitters to mid-marital ennui to the guilty pleasures of extramarital adventures. Add in a dash of purloined manuscript, a hunting contretemps, a wrongful arrest, murder, and various suspicions, seductions, and cross-cultural collisions, and you have reached the apex of social comedy. 322p.
  • My Life in France

    By Julia Child

    Our Price: $17.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307277695
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: October 2007
    Julia Child singlehandedly created a new approach to American cuisine with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her television show The French Chef, but as she reveals in the bestselling memoir, she was not always a master chef. Her unforgettable story - struggles with the head of the Cordon Bleu, rejections from publishers to whom she sent her now-famous cookbook - unfolds with the spirit so key to her success as a chef and a writer. One of the most endearing American personalities of the last fifty years. Index. Illus., b&w photos. 352p.
  • Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities

    By Nigella Lawson

    Our Price: $17.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781401323363
    • Publisher: Hyperion
    • Published: November 2009
    Here is everything you could wish for to make your life and your Christmas easy and enjoyable: from party canapes, cocktails, and manageable mass catering, to scrumptious Christmas cakes and puddings; from no-fuss brunches to quick-and-easy homemade presents (chutneys, preserves, and other delectable standbys) and edible tree decorations. There are mouthwatering recipes with a seasonal twist, and simple menus for feeding friends and family over the extended holiday season with minimum stresss and maximum enjoyment. Let Nigella's no-nonsense approach, her inspirational ideas, and her empathy for the practical realities of the season help make your holidays a special occasion! Illus.
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    By Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Our Price: $11.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780684804484
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
    • Published: October 1995
    A brilliant narrative of the interrelationship between the inner workings of the Roosevelt White House and the destiny of the United States. The sheer abundance of biographical anecdotes and the cumulative weight of telling detail sustain an atmosphere of immediacy. Notes, biblio., index. Illus., b&w photos. 759p.
  • Northanger Abbey

    By Jane Austen

    Our Price: $5.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781853260438
    • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
    • Published: January 1998
    This clever satire of Gothic romance tells the story of a young girl, Catherine Morland, who leavers her sheltered rural hom to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes with insight and humor the interaction between Catherine and the various characters who she meets there, and tracks her growing understanding of the world around her. The author's first full-length novel. 198p.
  • Olive Kitteridge

    By Elizabeth Strout

    Our Price: $8.00 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812971835
    • Publisher: Random House
    • Published: September 2008
    A National Book Critics' Circle award finalist. Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her small town of Crosby, Maine, & the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.Olive is the axis around which this book's thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feelstyrannized by her irrational sensitivites; & her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing & a curse - are among the nuggets of astonishing force making up this fine, compelling story collection. 286p.
  • On Beauty

    By Zadie Smith

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143037743
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: August 2006
    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2005). The novel tells the story of an interracial family living in the university town of Wellington, Massachusetts, whose misadventures in the culture wars - on both sides of the Atlantic - serveto skewer everything from family life to political correctness to the combustive collision between the personal and the political. Full of dead-on wit and relentlessly funny. 464p.
  • Ordinary Love and Good Will: Two Novellas

    By Jane Smiley

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307279095
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: October 2007
    In Ordinary Love, a woman loses custody of her children because of a brief love affair; and in Good Will, one man's created paradise blinds him to his family's disintegration, in two novellas that explore the choices and influences that shape two very different families. Reprint.