Nora Once More Remembered

I’ve made it known what a Nora Ephron fan I’ve always been. When she died in 2012, a little part of me did too. Like the rest of the world, including most of her closest friends, I had no idea…she was dying.

When her last book of essays, I Remember Nothing : And Other Reflections, was released in 2010 I, along with many others, gobbled them up with relished glee.

Reading them again, however…two years later…it’s as though I had never set eyes upon them before. How did I not see she was so ill? We are myopic, even in our reading customs, so the hints I now see hadn’t make their way into my senses.

Shocks me actually considering how sensitive I am.

Of course, her humor outruns those bread crumbs scattered in its wake. She makes me laugh right off the page as if we were sitting in her kitchen.

I can almost smell her ricotta pancake browning in its pan as she pours me another cup of coffee. That’s the sign of a great writer, when you feel welcomed and let in.

I also want to mention, Nora was the first who made me want to write essays..seize a theme…a point of view then run with it. She came way before David Sedaris and Paul Rudnik, Sarah Vowell and Anne Lamott.

One could say she was my first essay laureate and I’ll bet, for many others as well.

I’m urging those who love to read and laugh, to pick up this last gift she left..twenty-three jewels wrapped in Tiffany box blue…because they will uplift and inspire you to love your life as is, right where you are.  41ZknvwG3iL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

There are two poignant pieces at the end titled: What I Won’t Miss and What I Will Miss.

She’s not missing email, Clarence Thomas or the sound of the vacuum cleaner, but rather her kids and husband, bacon and a walk in the park.

And twinkle lights, that whenever they come into view will always make me once more… remember Nora.


May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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14 Responses to Nora Once More Remembered

  1. micklively says:

    Sounds like good Christmas holidays reading to me. I’ll try to find a copy before I quit this year. Thanks Susannah.


    • Buy it for Maeve. It’s in paper..such pretty packaging. What I loved about them were their simplicity. She wrote so sparingly, an art in itself leaving you with a smile each time. It grips my heart to think there will be no more.


  2. jimmie chew says:

    babes you are one of those writers too you know 🙂


  3. katecrimmins says:

    I love her. Always did! She had incredible talent. Erma Bombeck was my first love. I read her as a very young adult and wished I could write like that. What I found fascinating in the blogging world is the talent. These days everybody has a blog so I was very skeptical. I am stunned at the quality of the writers on Word Press. Yes, there are some that aren’t so great but you don’t have to read them. I love your writing. You are not afraid to say it the way you see it and your experiences are very entertaining (and so are your friends). Yes, many people have great friends and experiences but they can’t pen it like you can.


    • Oh Kate, coming from you that is such a compliment. Thank you. I love Erma too. Funny you should mention her. I just sent one of her books, out of print via Abebooks, to my friend Linda who never reads. During the summer I started her off with Jean Kerr, who, in my estimation, was the very first Erma/Nora…so funny she was…and Linda actually read How I Got To Be Perfect, a compilation of Jean’s best pieces. I was so excited for her. She’s reading, I thought. Wonders never cease. So then I figured, Erma would be the next right choice optimistically writing to Abe…but alas…Erma still sits in her packaging awaiting her debut. Don’t know quite what happened there. But who knows. We essay lovers will stubbornly remain hopeful that Erma will get a chance to charm and woo one day soon…Thanks again. You made my day.


  4. Getting through all my reading tonight… I loved Nora Ephron… she was a classy lady, I think and her writing is crisp and fun… pretty much what I think of your writing… Your description of being drawn into her life is how I see your writing. Thank you.


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