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Amazon Asks: Delia Ephron on Books, Mantras, and the Lure of Pastries

It's not easy to be funny, sad, smart and a little loopy all at once, but novelist/screenwriter Delia Ephron makes it seem so in her very personal collection of essays, Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog.

Here, with characteristic wit, she answers some of our favorite questions.

Ephron What's the elevator pitch for your book?

DE: A memoir of all my major food groups: sister, mother, husband, dog. And girlfriends. A lot about that too.

What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?

DE: Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz; This Town by Mark Leibovich

Top 3-5 favorite books of all time?

DE: This is such a hard question. Anne of Green Gables By L.M. Montgomery, The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, almost everything by E.B. White.

Important book you never read?

DE: Crime and Punishment

Book that changed your life?

DE: Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must be More to Life by Maurice Sendak

What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?

DE: I wish I could sing. I so cannot. As for superpower: I wish I could eat a million pastries and not gain weight. I wish I were PASTRY WOMAN.

What are you obsessed with now?

DE: "Spiral," a French TV series on Netflix


What are you stressed about now?

DE: My book being published.

What's your most prized/treasured possession?

DE: I don’t have a gigantic attachment to anything these days that isn’t human. Is a dog a possession? As in "dog owner"? If so, then Honey.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?

DE: "Only do what you can do."

The worst?

DE: "Take the L.I.E., it’s faster."

Author crush - who's your current author crush?

DE: Kate Atkinson

Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?

DE: Since "only do what you can do" is my mantra, I am free of pen envy.

What's the last dream you remember?

DE: You have to read my book to find out. :)

What's your favorite method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?

DE: Bakeries. (See superpower) Fortunately I’m afflicted with something called Discardia (the tendency to throw things away after a few bites). Otherwise I would be someone who had to be removed from her house by a crane.

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