Blanche’s Book Club: ‘Heartburn’.

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Today’s the day I’m going to put up my Christmas tree! I’m trying to get all of my computer work done before I start though — who knows how long it’s going to take me!

I put up some garland last night and it was a bit of a chore. I know I can’t be the only one who hates putting this stuff up? I love it once it’s up and looking great, but it’s such hard work!

Regardless, I’ll put on a Christmas movie and pour myself a glass of wine and it’ll be fine 🙂

The real reason I’m here today is to share one of my latest reads: “Heartburn” by Nora Ephron. Here’s the scoop:

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living.

And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect souffle.

So, I have a physical copy of this book, but I haven’t had the time to sit and read much, so I listened to the audio version. This one is read by Meryl Streep, which was highly entertaining! This is the second time this year I’ve listened to an actress read a book (the first was Selma Blair reading “Diary of a Young Girl”) and it really makes such a difference.

This book was laugh-out-loud funny and although the themes weren’t necessarily new, I felt like it would be perfect for anyone who likes rom-com and Nora Ephron style movies or books.

I’m currently listening to “Washington” by Ron Chernow… I’m about 8 hours into it, and I have 34 hours to go, so… wish me luck!

I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend!

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