Sister Mother Husband Dog

4 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 5 hrs. Brilliance Audio. ISBN 9781480557116. $79.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; digital download. MEMOIR
Ephron (The Girl with the Mermaid Hair) begins her memoir with a loving tribute to her sister Nora, who died in 2012, and goes on to write about other triumphs and frustrations of contemporary life: dog ownership, the proliferation of branch banks in her Greenwich Village neighborhood, attempts to reclaim her Internet domain name after it lapsed, and mail-order gift-shipping mishaps. She writes bravely and poignantly about growing up with brilliant and creative parents who were profound alcoholics. Ephron ends with a chapter about Nora, which is only fitting: they were sometimes rivals, frequent collaborators, and always friends. Meg Ryan's reading conveys all the emotions that Ephron expresses.
VERDICT An excellent selection for public libraries and women's studies collections.
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