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Loose Diamonds

3.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  185 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
“I’ve never bought loose diamonds but the idea of them appeals to me, sparkling stones that I imagine come wrapped in a velvet cloth . . . ”

With her wonderful sense of humor, marvelously candid voice, and astonishing perception, Amy Ephron weaves together the most insightful, profound, and just plain funny stories of her life to form a tapestry of a woman’s experiences fro
Unknown Binding, 176 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by William Morrow
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Amy  Ephron
Oct 04, 2012 Amy Ephron rated it it was amazing
really excited that my paperback of Loose Diamonds is publishing tomorrow, September 4th.
Added a new story "Secrets" and an interactive really fun reader's group guide, that I spent
way too much time on.
Yeah, yeah, I know I wrote it, but I love this book.
Sep 07, 2011 Gregandemy rated it it was ok
I was intrigued by the idea of this book and found her writing style to be enjoyable. I would try one of her novels, but this memoir/short stories did not do it for me. It was like meeting someone at a party or on a plane and enjoying the first few moments of conversation only to realize that now you were stuck and they were going to keep talking for the rest of the flight. You now know about too many personal stories, broken relationships, eccentric friends, and anything else that there is time ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Bea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through BookBrowse and I am reviewing it. This book is filled with little stories and musings of things that have happened in the author's life. A lot of people will probably find them entertaining and clever, just not me. The writing is pretty good and each story is fairly interesting and some are humorous. It is like reading a bunch of newspaper columns that have some interest, but not much feeling or intrigue, and not much information. I was disappointed in the "Afternoon with ...more
Agnes Mack
Sep 09, 2011 Agnes Mack rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of Loose Diamonds from the Goodreads First Reads program. I'd read several complex and serious books in the week before I received it, so I was greatly looking forward to a nice, light read. It certainly was light but I wouldn't describe it as nice.

Ms. Ephron isn't a bad writer and I feel pretty confident that if she found some interesting material she could do something with it, but these essays were all about really mundane topics. Most of them centered around some s
Mary Novaria
Nov 20, 2012 Mary Novaria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loose Diamonds is one of those books that make you feel like you have a relationship with the author… that you somehow really know her and might get together soon for lunch. Amy Ephron generously dares to share wisdom gained while navigating life as a woman, writer, wife, mother and friend. She doesn’t back down from the gravity of divorce, date rape, burglary or potential terrorism, yet manages to spin personal tales of both her working life and private life that, while heartbreaking, disappoin ...more
Squirrel Circus
Nov 15, 2011 Squirrel Circus rated it it was amazing
I loved Loose Diamonds. It was too short. Or was it? For me, the essays, most only a few pages long, sparkle like loose diamonds. The topics are varied, but, instead of the virtual dump of material that so many collections seem to suffer from, every chapter in Loose Diamonds is a gem. There’s a maturity in each piece that allows this volume to be many things; charming, touching, humorous, ironic, and the list goes on. Found a great online interview also that gives some backstory. At about 160 pa ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Greg rated it it was ok
Won this on the First Reads Giveaway. It sounds very fun and interesting.

Loose Diamonds is a scathing critique of the dregs of the American ultra-rich. The narrator character is a truly despicable woman who tells disjointed stories about her life unveiling the reality that she has failed every in part of her life; romance, friends, parenting, and self improvement. Through stories of opulence, name dropping, and self indulgence, the narrator is able to, on the one hand, paint a picture of glamour
Laura H
Aug 15, 2011 Laura H rated it it was amazing
it feels slight and then when you finish it, it feels like something more than that.
The author keeps period in all the pieces. When she writes about the '70s it's as if you're there.
Champagne by the Case reminds me a bit of Truman Capote, or like a piece he could have written if he'd known those women and lived in L.A. at the time. The Squeaky Fromme piece is spooky...
And then she grows up, it's almost aspects of a woman's life. The Post Modern Life piece (sadly)
reminds me of the blended family
Feb 14, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
A series of essays that together weave a word tapesty incorporating events from Amy Ephron's life from her childhood, single young adulthood years, marriage, childbirth and child-rearing, divorce, and second marriage. She explores problems such as her mother's mental illness (briefly mentioned and not explored), her separated husband's serial dating of women she knows, and the problems of blending families and children in second marriages. She writes about broken friendships and relationships al ...more
Jan 08, 2012 kmc rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-real-life
I was a little disappointed by this book. I guess I expected the writing to be the same as Nora Ephron's. It's not. I also expected this to be a novel. It's not. I kept picking it up and then putting it back down. I never really felt compelled to get back to it after reading a few pages. I was never really sure what it was about. The stories are okay, and sometimes a chuckle would sneak up on me, but overall, if you don't read it, you won't be missing anything.
Apr 19, 2014 Marilyn rated it liked it
The book was saved from a two-star review by virtue of being well-written and of having some glimmers of interesting character. The author seems to have a penchant for the elegant and slightly old-fashioned in the world and for slowed-down down, personal relationships with others. Definitely a worthwhile subject in our supersonic, mass-produced culture.

Unfortunately, she also seems to have a penchant for name-dropping upscale brands (I found myself reading out the names of all the jewelers dropp
Nov 01, 2011 Gail rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. I had read an excerpt of it in the NY Times Magazine and found it interesting enough to pick up the book, but I had no idea what it was that I was picking up. I thought the excerpt had been part of a larger, cohesive piece, but it wasn't. Rather, it was a collection of random thoughts and ramblings. I'm guessing the author is referring to each of these as a diamond in her title, but more like Loose Rubbish. Really bad.
Ron Perkowski
May 31, 2012 Ron Perkowski rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Reading it became a bit of a voyage of discovery, when what i thought was a loose collection of well written became quite a bit more. Reminded me of when I read In Our Time thinking it was just a collection of short stories. Highly recommended, especially for my male peers.
May 08, 2013 Shirley rated it it was amazing
Great collection of short stories. Wonderful sense of humor and an approach that is so self effacing you can't help but be drawn into her life and decisions.

I read one of her novels and am delighted I picked this up as well.
Apr 22, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
A fun collection of quirky and insightful snippets from the life of an interesting woman. Always a fan of autobiographies that feel genuine.
Feb 24, 2014 Allison rated it liked it
Started off strong: a dreamy, colorful memoir of the eccentricities of life in Beverly Hills in the 1970s. Ephron loses steam after the first few essays, though, and segues into a stream of mild complaints about divorce, other parents, and posh consumerism. She sparkles when she manages to turn L.A. and her own privilege into a vivid dreamscape of flowers and birds and gems and absurdity. But she can't hold the reader's attention when she turns too far inward, and we are left moving from a gleef ...more
May 25, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
The short piece, "Egg Cups" is my mother. This is exactly how I was raised.
Certainly the Ephron family grew up unlike many other families but also like many families in Hollywood. Creative. Eccentric. Domestic help. Private schools. When Amy Ephron had her own family she also had help raising her children and sent them off to various private schools. Amy wrote two charming historical novels that I recommend as often as possible, A Cup of Tea and One Sunday Morning.

In this delightful collection of essays, Amy Ephron shares her deft observations about a multitude of subj
Mindy Sauve
Sep 23, 2011 Mindy Sauve rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a book I won from a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm so glad I did! It is a treasure of a book simply yet profoundly written about Amy Ephron's personal experiences in all phases of her life. I started on page one knowing little about her and when I had finished I felt like we could be the best of friends. Her stories are so sweetly written that you feel you are sitting at the kitchen table over coffee hearing the little vignettes that make people interesting, vulnerable, human, funny and li ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Oct 23, 2011 Barbara Mitchell rated it liked it
This book is just what I needed after finishing a long classic novel. It's Amy Ephron's collection of memories of her life. You may know her from her articles in pretigious magazines and her previous books.

Ephron has a delightful sense of humor. She reminds me of a former neighbor who could go in her van to pick up a new chair she had ordered, and come home with a story about the experience that would have the neighborhood in hysterics. Ephron once pulled into a parking space in front of her so
Nov 20, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Loose Diamonds is a short little book of observations on life by the sister of better-known Nora Ephron. While Ephron's life has been something beyond what most Americans experience, some of her reflections are still relatable. For example, when a friend gives Ephron a piece of her own family jewelry after Ephron loses her own inherited pieces, she muses, "I wear it all the time now, like a piece of armor on my wrist. And I hold on to a time when jewelry was passed down and small trinkets were t ...more
Dora Levy Mossanen
Jun 12, 2012 Dora Levy Mossanen rated it it was amazing
Amy Ephron’s captivating new book, “Loose Diamonds … and other things I’ve lost (and found) along the way” (William Morrow, $19.99), is a deliciously honest account of Ephron’s life experiences, wonderful vignettes that, to borrow her own words, are akin to “sparkling stones that I imagine come wrapped in a velvet cloth.” Each chapter is an unexpected gift, a glimpse into the life of a beloved author. We are enchanted by the Birdman, an exotic character with a magical aviary, who seems to have s ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Alla rated it really liked it
“Loose diamonds and other things I’ve lost along the way” by Amy Ephron is a collection of humorous vignettes by Ephron, based on events in her life. If you’re looking for a light read and an easy style of writing, than Ephron’s book may suit your needs.

The book is sprinkled with comic incidents, accidents, occurrences, or simply events gone wrong—anything from a burglary that left Ephron without her jewelry, to her husband’s lover rear-ending Ephron’s car while driving her son to kindergarten,
Sep 13, 2011 Sylwia rated it really liked it
I won Loose Diamonds through the Goodreads giveaway. When I began with the first story which was about the theft of not only diamonds but other valuables it didn't keep me very much interested in reading any more of the book, but I am so glad I kept reading. This book is filled with many interesting and funny tales that had me laughing out loud as I read them.

It is nice to read about someone who is such a cosiderate and strong person. The author shows us that no one's life is perfect but that is
Nov 11, 2014 Suzanne rated it did not like it
This reminds me of Brooke Hayward's Haywire, the production of the child of famous and talented parents who, because of her genetics, believes she has a story to tell. My friends have equally good stories and I'd rather read about someone whose claim to fame is a life well lived rather than having famous, difficult parents.
Marissa Morrison
Aug 10, 2012 Marissa Morrison rated it liked it
Amy Ephron has some interesting stories to share, but mostly it seems that she just has things to get off her chest. She wants the world to know that her ex-husband, with whom she's "very good friends," slept with half the other mothers in her kid's class and still owes her child support. She wants it known that her husband's ex-wife, or her ex-husband's wife, or maybe both of them, don't like her even more than she dislikes them. Most of all, she wants to call out Tony Hendra as the man who all ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Stacy rated it did not like it
Who actually published this book? All she did was ramble the whole book smh
Ellen Keim
Oct 07, 2013 Ellen Keim rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I liked this book better than a recent book written by the author's sister, Delia Ephron (Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.). Both are brief and cover similar ground, but I thought this one was more narrative and less choppy than Delia's. I do think that the description of the book here on Goodreads is a bit over the top--it's not that good. But Amy Ephron is a good writer and sounds like someone I'd like to know.
Darren Ashley
Dec 05, 2013 Darren Ashley rated it it was ok
On Tuesday I chose LOOSE DIAMONDS off of a front display table at the front of the library by Amy Ephron, who reflects on different stages in her life from her childhood through living as an adult. She doesn't use much conversation in this book and recalls times during her life such as breaking the ice in her past relations, her daughter Maia, her son Ethan, her past husband Ethan, her later husband George, also an attorney, helping a pilot on a plane deal with a passenger who threatened the oth ...more
Dec 26, 2011 Barb rated it liked it
Amy Ephron is, like her sister, Nora, a witty, engaging, deft writer. I enjoyed Loose Diamonds...mostly. The book is funny--Ephron's take on things is a little snarky and and always well written. My one criticism is that, by the end of the book, I was really tired of hearing about expensive shoes, celebrities she's met at parties, her expensive car, and all the amazing places she's been. It's sort of like People Magazine--I like to leaf through it in the doctor's office, but 200 pages of it gets ...more
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