Thursday, January 30, 2014

What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin

5 Star

Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly's been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She's snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with the Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.

Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-yearold chiropractor. He's comfortable, but safe. When Molly is assigned to write a piece about New York City romance in the style of Nora Ephron, she flunks out big-time. She can't recognize romance. And she can't recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man who gets her. But with wit, charm, whip-smart humor, and Nora Ephron's romantic comedies, Molly learns to open her heart and suppress her cynicism in this bright, achingly funny novel.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I loved What Nora Knew and was extremely pleased to have read it. The first question I had when I picked it up was if I needed to be a huge Nora Ephron fan to understand it all. Most of us, well probably all of us, all familiar with her work in one form or another, but just how much of it was referenced in the book, I wondered, and would it take away from the overall story? The answer soon became clear in that it was a masterfully written ode to her but could very well stand alone on its own merits.

I often found myself thinking, "That is EXACTLY how I would have reacted!" while reading this and picturing Molly and what she was doing in my head. It also helped that she lived in my favorite city of all time, NYC so I could easily put myself in her shoes throughout the book.

The dialogue was often witty and well written, and I found the characters to be so utterly realistic that I felt like they were almost friends of mine which is a true testament to the writing! It almost felt like catching up with old friends and hearing what had been going on in their lives.

This story of What Nora Knew captivated me, almost thrilled me at times and was a pure pleasure to read. I truly can say it was one of my favorite books to read this year just for enjoyment.

Thank you to Gallery Books for our review copy. All opinions are our own. 

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