The world lost a groundbreaking writer yesterday when Nora Ephron—whose Academy Award-winning screenplays include Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle—passed away at age 71.

Ephron’s work gave a signature nod to feminism through strong female leads. She quietly perfected the recipe for the romantic comedy by combining sharp, witty plots with appealing characters and a dash of humor. Critics and fans heartily agreed, and her Oscar-winning films remain timeless American fan favorites.

In addition to screenplays, Ephron also wrote novels, plays and essays. Based on her own experiences, the essays deliver just the right amounts of self-deprecation, wit and charm. Share them with your patrons by stocking your shelves with these joyous eBooks:

Wallflower at the Orgy
In a collection of journalistic essays she’d written for various magazines in the 1960s, Ephron dissects American culture with clever honesty and ageless humor, touching on juicy subjects like celebrity, romance, and sex—even making a pit stop at a popular fashion publication for a beauty makeover.

I Remember Nothing
An expert in the art of reflection, Ephron takes a moment to ponder her past, present and future in this bestselling title. She recounts her start as a fresh, young journalist in 1960s New York, lingers awhile on the hilariously accurate essay “The Twenty-Five Things People Have a Shocking Capacity to Be Surprised by Over and Over Again,” and laments the aging process while still bringing a certain zest to the atrocities of old age.

I Feel Bad about My Neck
Ephron has women everywhere laughing along with her in arguably her best and most memorable collection of essays about the trials and tribulations of getting older. Here she bestows pearls of wisdom like “Never marry a man you wouldn’t want to be divorced from,” and “Anything you think is wrong with your body at the age of 35 you will be nostalgic for at the age of 45.”

Ephron was touted by her peers and colleagues as having the uncanny ability to have perfected the art of living, to have possessed a sort of natural wisdom and clarity. As she brilliantly mused in 2010’s “I Remember Nothing” :

You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.

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Annie McCormick is a Content Sales Associate at OverDrive.

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