The photo above is my newest blog header at Rainy Days and Mondays, a place where I often celebrate the books I have enjoyed…especially the bookish treasures and trinkets that I have held onto over the years.
On the right, the Disney curios hover next to some favorite books, including one that I had for years…and then lost in my move. (You can see half of the book behind the Disney character). I replaced it! It arrived yesterday, and this post is a celebration of that book…and all the special treasures from the past.
Heartburn, by Nora Ephron, is a book I loved…and then I went on to view and buy the movie, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.
Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.
I have read and loved several books by Ephron, including some memoirs, and am also a fan of her movie screenplays.
In my previous residence, I placed the copy of Heartburn front and center on my shelves…and now I have the book again, in my new shelves. However, I haven’t discovered the perfect place to feature it.
How about this spot? First shelf, far right.
Do you have favorite books (and trinkets) that help you celebrate your favorite things?