I'll Have What She's Having
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. Along the way, Carlson examines how Ephron explored in the cinema answers to the questions that plagued her own romantic life and how she regained faith in love after one broken engagement and two failed marriages. Carlson also explores countless other questions Ephron's fans have wondered about: What sparked Reiner to snap out of his bachelor blues during the making of When Harry Met Sally? Why was Ryan, a gifted comedian trapped in the body of a fairytale princess, not the first choice for the role? After she and Hanks each separatel balked at playing Mail's Kathleen Kelly and Sleepless' Sam Baldwin, what changed their minds? And perhaps most importantly: What was Dave Chappelle doing ... in a turtleneck? An intimate portrait of a one of America's most iconic filmmakers and a look behind the scenes of her crowning achievements, I'll Have What She's Having is a vivid account of the days and nights when Ephron, along with assorted cynical collaborators, learned to show her heart on the screen.

I'll Have What She's Having Details

TitleI'll Have What She's Having
Author
ReleaseAug 29th, 2017
PublisherHachette Books
ISBN-139780316353908
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GenreNonfiction, Biography, Media Tie In, Movies, Culture, Pop Culture

I'll Have What She's Having Review

  • Deb
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.I love the three movies (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, & You've Got Mail) that this book is focused on, romcoms, and movies in general. I am also an entertainment trivia junkie. It's not so much the gossip that I am interested in, it's more the behind-the-scenes glimpses of my favorite movies and television shows, such as who were the top contenders for the roles, how did lines end up in making it in, what scenes were cut and why, and who got along and who didn't. (OK 4.5 stars.I love the three movies (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, & You've Got Mail) that this book is focused on, romcoms, and movies in general. I am also an entertainment trivia junkie. It's not so much the gossip that I am interested in, it's more the behind-the-scenes glimpses of my favorite movies and television shows, such as who were the top contenders for the roles, how did lines end up in making it in, what scenes were cut and why, and who got along and who didn't. (OK, maybe there is a little bit of gossip girl in me!) I was convinced from the description that I would enjoy this book and it didn't disappoint me at all. Erin Carlson is an entertainment journalist and she writes in an engaging way that made me feel like I was on each set, watching the films being made. She gives us the background of Nora Ephron--interesting in its own right. Besides being a fan of her movies, I enjoy Ephron's writing having read Heartburn a few years ago and delving into I Feel Bad About My Neck more recently--so although I knew something about her background, it was interesting to learn more. But, at the end of the day, I was in it for the movies and there are plenty of interesting facts, details, and juicy bits to enjoy. I wanted to re-watch the three films as I read about them, but time was tight for me this month and I only managed You've Got Mail last weekend. It was fun to watch and look through the different scenes with this book in hand and I intend to repeat it with Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally very soon. I think anyone who loves movies, especially romantic comedies, and who admires and appreciates the amazing talent that Nora Ephron was, couldn't help but enjoy this book. It's a tribute to Ephron, but it doesn't sugar-coat her cynical and sometimes difficult sides, or those of the actors and other notables that she chose to work with. The details and trivia are absorbing and entertaining and it's a fun and fascinating read--one of my favorites for August. You can see my full review, as well as a recipe for Tiramisu Cream Clouds, inspired by Sleepless in Seattle and my reading on my blog post here: https://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2... Note: A review copy of "I'll Have What She's Having" was provided to me by the author and the publisher via TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review and as always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jaksen
    January 1, 1970
    Light-hearted and witty, a little of this, a lot of that. The talent of Nora Ephron and her influence on the rom-com movies so many of us love. (Yeah, I love them, I'm just not into romantic novels.)I found it an easy read, a lot of the information covered here was included in the television special about her, which I found terribly sad. The book is not so much sad, as revealing. What she loved, what she wanted, and how she worked her 'movie magic,' on three of my fav. films, and which are three Light-hearted and witty, a little of this, a lot of that. The talent of Nora Ephron and her influence on the rom-com movies so many of us love. (Yeah, I love them, I'm just not into romantic novels.)I found it an easy read, a lot of the information covered here was included in the television special about her, which I found terribly sad. The book is not so much sad, as revealing. What she loved, what she wanted, and how she worked her 'movie magic,' on three of my fav. films, and which are three truly iconic American movies. I'm just so sad she didn't have more time and more material in which to use Ryan and Hanks, or Ryan and Crystal.Quick and entertaining read, for movie-lovers and fans of Ms. Ephron.Four stars
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  • Vikki VanSickle
    January 1, 1970
    This is exactly what you think it is- a fascinating and very detailed look at how WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE & YOU'VE GOT MAIL came to be. An absolute must-read for Nora Ephron fans. I've read many of her essays, but reading various friends, coworkers and admirers' first-hand experiences with Nora enriched my perspective of who she was and what she did. Sobering insights about being a woman in the film industry aside, this is also an inspiring read. Love, love love.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    If you love When Harry Met Sally , Sleepless in Seattle , You've Got Mail , or all three, then this book is a must-read! I'll Have What She's Having takes you behind the scenes at all three movies, sharing how they each came to be, including the origins of some of our favorite lines and scenes. (When Harry Met Sally originally was supposed to have a different ending. Can you imagine the injustice?)Light and fun, gossipy and occasionally a bit rambly and slightly repetitive (the addition of a If you love When Harry Met Sally , Sleepless in Seattle , You've Got Mail , or all three, then this book is a must-read! I'll Have What She's Having takes you behind the scenes at all three movies, sharing how they each came to be, including the origins of some of our favorite lines and scenes. (When Harry Met Sally originally was supposed to have a different ending. Can you imagine the injustice?)Light and fun, gossipy and occasionally a bit rambly and slightly repetitive (the addition of a nude marble statue at Nora's New York apartment building comes up twice, or example--why?) this was a whole lot of fun to read for a fan of rom-coms as well as movies in the nineties in general. A bit more time was spent on WHMS than the others, though this only felt right since it was the first (and the one I can recite the most lines from--though SIS is a darn close second; obviously I need to spend more screen time with YGM). Where the plot ideas originated from and how they developed over time, how Rob Reiner really felt about his mother reciting one of the most famous lines ever in movies, and whether or not Jonah, Sam, and Annie really met on top of the Empire State Building (they didn't--it was a set created on a naval base on the other side of the country)--all this and more is revealed in this book, and darned if it doesn't all make you want to watch and re-watch all three films (and maybe a few others of Nora's) right now.And then maybe re-read the book...or at least a few parts of it...Rating: 4 stars / A-I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of When Harry met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Both are fun and really romantic movies. So, I was really interested in reading this book. I'll Have What She's Having is a look at the iconic writer behind the screenplays of both movies, Nora Ephron. She was a great writer during her life and produced a trilogy of classic movies that will stand the test of time. Unfortunately ,this is one fan who didn't completely love the book.The book is filled with interesting information abo I am a huge fan of When Harry met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Both are fun and really romantic movies. So, I was really interested in reading this book. I'll Have What She's Having is a look at the iconic writer behind the screenplays of both movies, Nora Ephron. She was a great writer during her life and produced a trilogy of classic movies that will stand the test of time. Unfortunately ,this is one fan who didn't completely love the book.The book is filled with interesting information about the movies and has behind the scenes anecdotes. So, I did like that. I guess I was hoping for something a little more entertaining. To me, the book was a bit long-winded and dry. It took me forever to get through just the first chapter. In that one, there is a huge information dump about Nora, her early life, and what led to her writing the movies. We are also given what felt like random information about all of the actors and actresses who were in the movies. It made the book seemed unfocused and not as entertaining as I would like. So, I did find myself skimming at times.I think fans of non-fiction and Nora Ephron will enjoy this book. I wouldn't say it's one to read in one sitting. Maybe one section at a time?
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  • Pat Lampe
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great story of movies and some of the issues that go into making them. The backstage scoop about the actors and other workers. The best thing, of course, was that it was about Nora Ephron. She was my favorite writer. The audiobook reader was very pleasant but she mispronounced so many names. Was a little annoying after a while. Overall, a really interesting and informative book highly recommended for those of us who want to know all about Hollywood.
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  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    When Harry Met Sally. Sleepless in Seattle. You've Got Mail. Three iconic romantic comedies that may not have been such a huge hit when they were first released in theaters noting the competition among movies released at the same time, but these three movies are the ones that most women will often tell you they love. They are the ones they can watch over and over again. We have our favorite lines or moments from each film that makes them unforgettable. At the time they were in the works, female When Harry Met Sally. Sleepless in Seattle. You've Got Mail. Three iconic romantic comedies that may not have been such a huge hit when they were first released in theaters noting the competition among movies released at the same time, but these three movies are the ones that most women will often tell you they love. They are the ones they can watch over and over again. We have our favorite lines or moments from each film that makes them unforgettable. At the time they were in the works, female directors were almost as extinct as dinosaurs and when someone like Nora Ephron comes along, she will face not only harsh criticism from her fellow male directors, but also writers too! Romantic comedies are one of the hardest things to direct and write a screen play for. There has to be the perfect mix of comedy and chemistry between the lead actors. In the book, "I'll Have What She's Having," by Erin Carlson, we get a sneak peek not only into the making of these fabulous movies but also into what it took to breath life into them and make them the legacy movies women still love even today. This book takes you into the lines made famous by each movie including the title of the book from When Harry Met Sally. In fact if you are a fan of any or all of these movies, you will absolutely adore this book. Readers will learn what actors were going to play the parts but at the last minute gave them up. How very different these movies would have been had they not been played by the originals. You'll learn how hard it was to find a houseboat to shot Sam's house in Sleepless in Seattle. Did you know that the roof top scene on top of the Empire State Building wasn't even shot on location? In You've Got Mail, you will learn that Fox Books was filmed at an iconic Barnes and Noble, and that the construction scenes are from those very days of building the store, even though the close up shots were filmed on a studio backlot. You learn that The Shop Around the Corner was just another storefront on 106 West 69th Street for Maya Shaper Cheese and Antiques that they were about to use and repaint while filming all the outdoor shots of the bookstore. You'll learn that AOL did not originally coin the phrase "You've Got Mail" until the movie went into production and someone else did it for them so that they could have it. There is just so much wonderful information gleaned from this book that fans will want to pick it up. Be warned, however, it might just be followed up with watching all three movies back to back like I did!I received I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson compliments of Hachette Book Groups. This is such a must have book for fans of any or all three iconic romantic comedies. There are the famous lines we all love to quote and perhaps my all time favorite was from You've Got Mail, "Don't you just love fall in New York? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address." While there were many great moments, the book does end with the tragic death of Nora Ephron who passed away June 26, 2012 but she left behind a world full of strong women characters, hope and a whole lot of love. I easily give this book a 5 out out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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  • Maine Colonial
    January 1, 1970
    I so enjoyed the insider stories about the making of these movies and about the development of Nora Ephron’s filmmaking career that I was willing to overlook some elements that grated. In particular, I was often taken aback by Erin Carlson’s seeming assumption that the book’s readers are all millennials who need to have everybody born before about 1960 explained to them and in their terms. Nora Ephron is like Taylor Swift, really?Much as I admire Nora Ephron, I seriously question Carlson’s premi I so enjoyed the insider stories about the making of these movies and about the development of Nora Ephron’s filmmaking career that I was willing to overlook some elements that grated. In particular, I was often taken aback by Erin Carlson’s seeming assumption that the book’s readers are all millennials who need to have everybody born before about 1960 explained to them and in their terms. Nora Ephron is like Taylor Swift, really?Much as I admire Nora Ephron, I seriously question Carlson’s premise that she saved the romantic comedy movie. She doesn’t even really try to make her case, so I guess it’s just a provocative subtitle to grab readers. Finally, I just don’t see You’ve Got Mail as being in the same league as When Harry Met Sally or Sleepless in Seattle. Maybe other people feel differently. After reading the book, I think I will now need to see the movie again. I admit I only watched it once and have never felt any urge to stop and watch it again if I happen to come across it while channel surfing—unlike the other two movies.Despite my criticisms, I enjoyed the book because it’s an anecdote-fest about interesting people. I always enjoy reading about the details of how scripts, casting and production came together, and that’s here in spades. Lots of stories about the big names, Ephron, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, but many more about other names in the business from Rob Reiner down to Ephron’s regular prop guy, assistant and her friends and family. And a ton of stories about sets and location filming, especially in New York. Carlson does a very good job with this, so that you feel like you’re in the production.I listened to the Audible version of the book. Amy Tallmadge’s reading is so-so, except when it comes to pronunciation, where I was just astonished at how often she mispronounces. Occasionally dictionary words (decor becomes deecor, outre becomes out tray), but it’s the constant mispronouncing of names, including a lot of famous names, that is a real annoyance. How can it be that anyone in media doesn’t know how to pronounce these names and how did the producers let this pass? Perfectionist Nora Ephron would be pulling her hair out. It’s one thing to not be able to pronounce Abramowitz correctly, but to pronounce Jacques Tati’s last name as totty? How about pronouncing Charles Boyer as if he’s not French, but some guy from Kansas City? And here are some of the others that I remember: Warren BEEty, HasKELL Wexler, Sophie KINzulluh (Kinsella), Carole LomBARD, Suhlynn (Celine) Dion, William Sa-roh-ee-an (Saroyan). The thing is, I would be so amazed at these mispronunciations that I’d lose track of what came after and would have to back up. Note to Ms. Tallmadge: In the future, at least check the pronunciation of the names.
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  • Courtney Stuart
    January 1, 1970
    This work of non-fiction starts with giving the reader an insight into the personal life of Nora Ephron, the woman who famously brought us the iconic line “I’ll have what she’s having” from the movie “When Harry Met Sally.” We learn about her early life as a child of writer parents working in Hollywood, her personal relationships and her climb up the corporate ladder of Hollywood to become a director.Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author herself and much sleuthing (her word) thr This work of non-fiction starts with giving the reader an insight into the personal life of Nora Ephron, the woman who famously brought us the iconic line “I’ll have what she’s having” from the movie “When Harry Met Sally.” We learn about her early life as a child of writer parents working in Hollywood, her personal relationships and her climb up the corporate ladder of Hollywood to become a director.Taken from personal interviews conducted by the author herself and much sleuthing (her word) through the many reports written on the actors in magazines or told on television, this is a well-researched book. At times the book can be a little confusing because the people Carlson was writing about don’t immediately come to mind so there is no metal foundation to place the information on. But when Carlson writes about people who are well known in the public eye, the flow was much easier to follow.Carlson has managed to find any number of titbits about the actual making of the movies, the actors who had roles and the scenes created but not making the cut which is fascinating. She delves into the atmosphere on set and creates a panorama of the actors and their personalities which is so often hidden behind the perfectly constructed images created by publicity people to make the actors seem more appealing. This book is written openly enough that not everyone comes out smelling of roses. The temper tantrums, ridiculous demands and every facet of peoples ego’s are shown from every aspect.The genesis of each movie are explored as well as the writing process including. “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “You’ve Got Mail” three of the most enduring romantic comedies of the 90’s to be directed by Ephron. It shows Ephron’s style of working with other people until the scene was perfect and then she would cling to her vision and demand that it be produced by the movie crew.All in all this is a absorbing read for anyone of a certain age, fans of the historic trilogy or for the movie buffs who want a closer understanding of the dynamics behind the scenes.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good romantic comedy, and Nora Ephron can really be considered a pioneer in this movie genre. I'll Have What She's Having describes how Nora Ephron directed three iconic films that basically gave birth to the modern romantic comedy as we know it. In the 80s and 90s, Nora Ephron directed When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail. I didn't realize when I watched them years ago that these movies were all connected in a trilogy of sorts, but now it's easy to see how th I love a good romantic comedy, and Nora Ephron can really be considered a pioneer in this movie genre. I'll Have What She's Having describes how Nora Ephron directed three iconic films that basically gave birth to the modern romantic comedy as we know it. In the 80s and 90s, Nora Ephron directed When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail. I didn't realize when I watched them years ago that these movies were all connected in a trilogy of sorts, but now it's easy to see how they are linked, especially when it comes to Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.I'll Have What She's Having offers a backstage pass to the film sets of each of these movies and how Nora Ephron pushed to challenge the role of women in film.This book is perfect for those who love learning the story behind the story. There was lots of information about the making of each film and about Hollywood in general at that time. I particularly enjoyed the fascinating anecdotes that the author learned from her interviews and research. Reading this, you will certainly learn plenty about these Ephron films and many other movies from the 1980s and the 1990s.At times, I felt like there was almost too much supporting detail, so, for me, this book was best enjoyed a few chapters at a time over the course of a month, rather than a book I'd pick up and read from everyday. True film buffs or anyone who is interested in learning more about the makings of these three films will absolutely find this the perfect read.
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  • Niki Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I have been looking forward to reading this book since I knew it's publication date months ago. I had to beg Hachette Books for a copy, but it was well worth it and did not disappoint in any way. The pace is fast-paced and witty, just like a Nora Ephron film. Ms. Carlson provided so much Hollywood history and social context that it made me marvel even more at the genius of Ms. Ephron and the films I have grown to love so much. Perfectly interjecting the careers and personalities of Tom Hanks and I have been looking forward to reading this book since I knew it's publication date months ago. I had to beg Hachette Books for a copy, but it was well worth it and did not disappoint in any way. The pace is fast-paced and witty, just like a Nora Ephron film. Ms. Carlson provided so much Hollywood history and social context that it made me marvel even more at the genius of Ms. Ephron and the films I have grown to love so much. Perfectly interjecting the careers and personalities of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, she laid out wonderfully well-rounded view of why and how these great movies have become hallmarks of the genre. Next time I see these movies, I feel I will enjoy them so much more just because I have the full picture of what they were trying to acheive. In addition, I learned so much more about the life of the legend Nora Ephron-the good and the bad. Ms, Carlson gives an adulating look at the women, but does not neglect her flaws-which of course, makes her as multi-dimensional as the roles for women she put on screen.http://prettypageturner.com/the-arcs-...https://www.instagram.com/p/BYZcfuon1...
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  • Araceli Romo
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book was a delight. It is retelling the story of how Nora Ephron got involved in her three most iconic movies: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. I love reading movie trivia so this book is just full of all the details that brought to life these great movies. Yes, I do consider them great because they have endured throughout the years and still today they are true to their goal: showing (not telling) the makings of falling in love. When I say, “going in Reading this book was a delight. It is retelling the story of how Nora Ephron got involved in her three most iconic movies: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. I love reading movie trivia so this book is just full of all the details that brought to life these great movies. Yes, I do consider them great because they have endured throughout the years and still today they are true to their goal: showing (not telling) the makings of falling in love. When I say, “going into the details” I really mean it. The book describes how the actors were chosen, the locations, the make-up, even the lighting. It also delves a little into the love life of the people that participated in these movies. So, if you like any of these movies or anything from the following list: Nora Ephron, Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, old movies, baseball, bookstores, old music, New York, coffee, bouquets of sharpened pencils, or tiramisu, you absolutely must read I’ll Have What She’s Having.
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  • Denise Morse
    January 1, 1970
    Part Nora Ephron biography, part romantic comedy history lesson- I'll Have What She's Having takes the reader on an indepth look at When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail and the events leading up to it. The book starts with little bits of the early life and rise of Nora Ephron and then gets in depth on the making of the movies. It also talks about the stars surrounding them; primarily Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and Billy Crystal. You get a pretty good look at the life of Meg R Part Nora Ephron biography, part romantic comedy history lesson- I'll Have What She's Having takes the reader on an indepth look at When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail and the events leading up to it. The book starts with little bits of the early life and rise of Nora Ephron and then gets in depth on the making of the movies. It also talks about the stars surrounding them; primarily Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks and Billy Crystal. You get a pretty good look at the life of Meg Ryan and he roles over time, her personal life and her inner workings. She was the main muse of the movies, and she struggles to shake them to this day. If you are a fan of the movies, it is a fun book to read. Personally, i would have liked a little more structure to it but thats how i like my non-fiction.
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. Reading I'll Have What She's Having was just as satisfying as watching one of the three movies featured in the book (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail). I loved falling into the real world behind the movies. All the sass and wit and complexity that made the films timeless were infused in the book.Erin Carlson's respect for Nora Ephron was clear in the meticulous research and tho I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. Reading I'll Have What She's Having was just as satisfying as watching one of the three movies featured in the book (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail). I loved falling into the real world behind the movies. All the sass and wit and complexity that made the films timeless were infused in the book.Erin Carlson's respect for Nora Ephron was clear in the meticulous research and thorough notes. Her love for the subject matter was reflected in the warmth of her tone.I read I'll Have What She's Having in one day - It was that engaging. This book is perfect for anyone who believes in the power of love on film, in writing, and in life.
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  • TheDailyAMG
    January 1, 1970
    Long Live Nora Ephron! As a Nora lover (that is such an understatement!) I was so excited to receive a copy of one of my most-anticipated books of 2017: I'll Have What She's Having! While this book was very well researched, it felt just as that: a research paper, and it just missed the mark of going from a great read to an engrossing one. I enjoyed it, but my hopes were set so high, and when those expectations of an all-out LONG LIVE NORA EPHRON campaign weren't met, I was a bit disappointed. Th Long Live Nora Ephron! As a Nora lover (that is such an understatement!) I was so excited to receive a copy of one of my most-anticipated books of 2017: I'll Have What She's Having! While this book was very well researched, it felt just as that: a research paper, and it just missed the mark of going from a great read to an engrossing one. I enjoyed it, but my hopes were set so high, and when those expectations of an all-out LONG LIVE NORA EPHRON campaign weren't met, I was a bit disappointed. That being said, if you are a lover of the Rom-Com, and aren't a deeply-devoted fan of Nora, this is a great behind-the-scenes journey of your favorite films! A mix of People Magazine reporting on the greatest films of love and romance, this side of 1990!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    This book tells of Nora Ephron and her role in changing the face of romantic comedy. It focuses on When Harry Met Sally. Then Sleepless in Seattle. And finally You've Got Mail. There was a lot of information about the writing and filming of the movies. There are lots of quotes from the various people who worked on these movies. I enjoyed the book. It was an interesting read. I received an advanced copy and my one complaint was grammatical errors and difficulty keeping track of who the author was This book tells of Nora Ephron and her role in changing the face of romantic comedy. It focuses on When Harry Met Sally. Then Sleepless in Seattle. And finally You've Got Mail. There was a lot of information about the writing and filming of the movies. There are lots of quotes from the various people who worked on these movies. I enjoyed the book. It was an interesting read. I received an advanced copy and my one complaint was grammatical errors and difficulty keeping track of who the author was talking about. The book would switch between the name of the actress and the name of the character the actress was playing and that created a few moments of confusion.I won a free copy from Goodreads but my opinions are my own.
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  • Heather Rudulph
    January 1, 1970
    For anyone who loves Norah Ephron movies--and if you don't, you have no heart or soul--this book is a must. Carlson digs deep into the inner workings of Hollywood and reveals just how hard it was for Ephron--a rare female director and writer in the 90s--to not only get her work made but made the way she wanted, no, demanded it.Reading this book--which is breezy and smart, heartfelt and sly, much like a Norah Ephron script--will give you a greater appreciation for the filmmaking process, journali For anyone who loves Norah Ephron movies--and if you don't, you have no heart or soul--this book is a must. Carlson digs deep into the inner workings of Hollywood and reveals just how hard it was for Ephron--a rare female director and writer in the 90s--to not only get her work made but made the way she wanted, no, demanded it.Reading this book--which is breezy and smart, heartfelt and sly, much like a Norah Ephron script--will give you a greater appreciation for the filmmaking process, journalism (both Ephron and Carlson have seasoned credentials), and the power of a visionary mind.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the three movies this book is centered on but the author never zeroed in on how these three saved romantic comedy. In addition there is an unwieldy list of people who worked in various movies doing various jobs and I couldn't keep them straight. The best parts were focused on how Nora demanded perfection-the correct cream soda or avocado-and set up to make these great films. Nora would have been a far better author for this book.
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  • Margaret Sankey
    January 1, 1970
    Carlson reconstructs the process by which Ephron, who had grown up with Hollywood screenwriter parents who catered to debonair and suave Cary Grant characters, and who had taken on a significant edgy and cynical life view after her marriage to Carl Bernstein and its public reveal in Heartburn, teamed up with Rob Reiner and Gary and Penny Marshall to reinvent romantic comedy--finding Tom Hanks as a leading man and making Meg Ryan into an adorkable heroine.
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I love these movies! It was such a pleasure to read about the making of the films. I just finished As You Wish about the making of The Princess Bride (which I also loved!) The three movies this book writes about are just timeless! Although the You Have Mail may date it a bit! But who cares! Wonderful chick flicks that our grand daughters will love as much as us!I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    I won this from Goodreads. This book I could relate to since I have seen the Nora Ephron romantic movies. This author tells us Nora's story and how she wanted to make romantic comedy movies In Hollywood. Also some very good actors starred in these movies; Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, billy Crystal just to name a few. I really enjoyed this book.
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  • Darice
    January 1, 1970
    This book covers a lot of background stories and history of Nora Ephron. If you are interested in all the small details around Nora Ephron's life and her career revolving these 3 movies that it's the right book for you. Personally I found the book to be too detailed and had trouble keeping track of all the names. But for a real movies buff and Nora Ephron fan this is a perfect book.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    Made me nostalgic for Nora Ephron's movies. The editing was a bit rough, as the transitions between Nora's story and Meg Ryan's and Tom Hanks' was a bit scattershot, but I loved learning about the behind-the-scenes of some of my favourite movies of all time.4 stars for the content and the nostalgia, 3 stars for the editing and transitions, overall rating of 3.5 stars.
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  • Danny Pellegrino
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this book!! It's the most comprehensive guide to When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail. Literally everything you could ever want to know is in this book, and MORE. You've Got Mail is my all-time favorite movie, so this felt made for me. Truly loved it. <3
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  • Renuka Soll
    January 1, 1970
    This book has all the details behind You've Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle. People who are fans of the movies would probably like the book. I am a fan, yet the book felt more like a gossip column than anything else.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Love Nora Ephron's movies and enjoyed this glimpse behind the scenes.
  • Donna Foster
    January 1, 1970
    Information packed biography about an iconic movie maker.
  • Megha Rajput
    January 1, 1970
    Lighthearted, fun and thoroughly entertaining! Full of delicious behind the scenes stories
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