A Little Happier: Sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, and the Intimacy of “I’ll Take Food from Your Fridge.”

I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron’s movies and books (books like Heartburn, Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble, I Feel Bad about My Neck; movies like When Harry Met, Sleepless in Seattle). In fact, I just recommended Heartburn for my monthly book club (you can sign up for the book club here).

I was re-reading that novel, to learn from it as a writer, because that kind of light, funny, flowing writing is extremely hard to pull off. How does she do it?

I’m also a big fan of the work of her sister, Delia Ephron. I loved her wonderful book of essays, Sister Mother Husband Dog: (Etc.).  The story I tell is something from the essay she wrote about her sister Nora — about the nature of intimacy.

If you want to hear more from Delia Ephron, here’s a post I wrote inspired by the essay “Bakeries” in the same collection: “Discardia,” or How One Moderator Manages to Indulge Moderately. All about the Abstainer/Moderator split.


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  • wordy_girl

    Oh, Gretchen, you made me happy and made me cry. Your mini podcast reminded me of an afternoon when I watched my sister absentmindedly pick up a dishcloth and wipe down my kitchen counter. At that moment I realized how completely comfortable she was in my home and how absolutely happy that made me. Yes, my counter was a wee bit dirty that afternoon, but she knew me well enough to see that, and take care of it–and me. My sister died thirteen years ago, and I miss that easy intimacy.