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Patricia W. (Richmond, VA)
Loose Diamonds by Amy Ephron
This small book of essays chronicles life experiences, has wonderful insights and exhibits the wit that we associate with the Ephron name. Amy Ephron's writing style is very down to earth and oh so readable as she tells stories about herself, her family, their experiences and the lessons that she has learned. This was a book that was a pleasure to read and one that I will no doubt return to on a rainy just because I can.
Judith G. (Ewa Beach, HI)
A great beach read
I grew up in Hollywood so really enjoyed knowing the location of the streets/beaches/roads mentioned in this book. Each short story stands on its own and the entire book can be read quickly (or savored slowly if one prefers.) Light fare for a relaxing read.
a glimpse of la and new york
This book seems spare and yet the observations in it stay with you. The use of language is also spare and yet evocative. I lived in Los Angeles in the late '70s and it captured the time for me in a way, like snapshots, like real-time. The voice of each of the pieces is also evocative of the time they're written in. I couldn't stop reading it. The one on one parody of "Why I Quit Being Psychic", the weird piece about the Manson family and the Spahn Ranch, a place I'd never go have dared to go to. And yet it brought back memories for me, some of which I'd had, some of which are imagined.
Bea C. (Liberty Lake, WA)
In a way, the sub-text is almost as important as the writing which was so simple as to be deceptive. And reminded me of bygone times.
This book is a collection of stories and musings from the author's life. It is like reading a bunch of newspaper columns that have a little humor and not much feeling or intrigue. I would rather read one of them a day with the morning newspaper than try to read them all at once since I hardly remember any one of them. They are not terribly interesting, but they are filled with name dropping. It is definitely not like reading a collection of quality short stories. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to get to sleep.
Joan V. (Miller Place, NY)
Lumps of coal
This book was very disappointing. I expected the writing to be charming and witty. “Loose Diamonds” has absolutely no substance and very little style.
Sheryl R. (DeQuincy, LA)
The constant name dropping was extremely annoying. When Ms. Ephron was not dropping names of famous people it was high end brand names she was brandishing about.
Instead of warm and approachable Ms. Ephron came across as very self-centered; a “poor little rich girl.”
The title of this book of essays by one of the famous Ephron sisters may be it's strongest point. VERY loosely held together, these are "diamonds" in the rough. I'm not an editor, but I kept wanting to edit: to scratch out sentences, correct grammar, restructure the writing. Perhaps these essays are better received in New York, but one review I read which compared this collection to Joan Didion was offensive to me (and, I would suspect, Ms. Didion!). I read books of this sort to mine other people's lives and thoughts for any truths discovered, lessons learned, or universal experiences lived. I found none of these in this collection. Average at best!
Irene B. (Denton, TX)
This is not a good book. I would not buy nor recommend it to anyone. It is the equivalent of a movie magazine, a me,me, me book.
Mary Ellen B. (Hebron, CT)
This thin book has some witty moments as the author reminisces about her privileged childhood, marriages, and life in LA. There is some name and luxury brand label dropping that can be a bit tiresome. Fun, if you crave a diversion that turns trivial adversity into drama.