Release Date: January 21, 2014
Title: What Nora Knew
Author: Linda Yellin
Publisher: Gallery Books
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From the Publisher: Molly 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’s Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly’s been on staff at Eye Spy, covering all the wacky assignments. She’s snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, danced with Rockettes, and posed nude for a Soho art studio.
Fearless in everything except love, Molly is now dating a forty-four-year-old 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. Clearly she can’t recognize romance. And in her own life, she can’t recognize the one man who can go one-on-one with her, the one man whogets her. Mainly because he’s a well-known player.
But, with help from Nora Ephron’s movies, Molly learns to open her heart, suppress her cynicism, and find her very own fairytale ending. Linda Yellin’s WHAT NORA KNEW will captivate readers with its charm and humor.
I’ll tell you one thing – Nora might have known a lot, but Molly didn’t know a whole heck of a lot.
This is another book that suffered from wrong expectations. And it’s really hard to get back on track once you’re disappointed by expectations that failed to reach the bar you set for them. I don’t know why this happened over and over again at the end of 2013 – I was picking books that I thought I wanted to read and getting completely different experiences.
I thought What Nora Knew was going to be a new version of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Nora was a writer and her newest assignment was about finding soulmates – and it was to be written in the style of Nora Ephron movies. But the book really had nothing to do with her article, or with Nora Ephron movies. It was simply a rom-com in book form – just not the one I thought I was going to get (though it is almost exactly like a Nora Ephron story).
Now, as far as rom-coms go – it was a good one. I enjoyed the story and how Molly grew. I liked watching her find herself and what she wanted out of life and love. It follows the same sort of predictability that you would expect in a romantic comedy, but that’s the kind of thing you want with this sort of story. You want to know you’ll get a happy ending. And Molly… well, you’ll cheer for her.
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- Books I Think You Should Read: I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes “romcoms,” as well as anyone who thinks you have to find your true love by age 30 (or 35, or 40, etc.) or else you’re “out of luck.”
- Maggie McKeating’s Reviews: As you read What Nora Knew you will laugh with Molly, feel her anxiety, frustration sadness and joy. You will also find yourself relating to different parts of her story. I kept hearing myself saying “…just like so-and-so” about one of my former relationships.