Loose Diamonds by Amy Ephron
Source: Review copy received from publisher, via Shelf Awareness
In Loose Diamonds, an engaging collection of essays and observations, Amy Ephron, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the One Sunday Morning and A Cup of Tea, paints a rich, vivid, and comic portrait of modern living from a modern woman’s perspective. Fans of the writings of Amy Sedaris and Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem will enjoy Ephron’s funny, incisive take on the intricate weave of a woman’s world. (Goodreads)
This is an amusing collection of essays, mostly about Amy's life. And it's not exactly a typical cookie-cutter life either, as she was raised in Beverly Hills by a pair of Hollywood screenwriters. Not many people I know had a childhood neighbor who transformed his home into an exotic bird sanctuary, has an alcoholic mother who insists on putting all condiments in their own serving dish, or is asked to confront a possible terrorist by an airline pilot. Strange tales all, but Amy makes them interesting!
Amy is a talented writer, and this is a good book to have while waiting for an appointment as you can pick it up and read at will. I like collections like this for that very reason, as all of the essays are stand-alone stories and can be read in any order. Gave it a 3/5 as I liked the book, but it didn't set my world on fire.