A three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Ephron’s new suspense novel is Night Night, Sleep Tight. Set in Beverly Hills in the 1960s and 1980s, it is inspired by Ephron’s experiences growing up there in a Hollywood family.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Ephron's reply:
I just finished savoring Tara Ison's Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies.Visit Hallie Ephron's website and blog.
Ms. Ison is a self proclaimed “child of the movies, a movie freak, a film junkie, a cineaste.” Her book is perfect for the similarly afflicted. I grew up, as she did, in movie-obsessed Southern California, my parents were screenwriters, and I think my "reality" came more from the movies than from real life, too.
Reeling is part literary memoir and part a cavalcade of those movies that moved her and taught her essential life lessons like “How to go Crazy,” “How to be a Drunk,” and “How to Lose Your Virginity.”
My own movie lessons on losing virginity came from two Natalie Woods movies: Splendor in the Grass and Marjorie Morningstar, both cautionary tales from a more innocent (or perhaps just more secretive) era. Coming along ten years later, Ms. Ison’s came from Little Darlings and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I love that she includes excerpts from the scripts -- and why not, after all she's a recovered screenwriter (co-writer of the cult film Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead). Her reflections are deeply personal, profound, sad and hilarious.