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Hanging Up

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  303 ratings  ·  33 reviews
--Los Angeles Times
"WONDERFUL. . . Eve Mozell is having a lousy day, and she hasn't even gotten past breakfast yet. Her father, a senile ex-alcoholic whose idea of a good joke is goosing his woman doctor, started phoning Eve at 6 a.m. Her teenage son, who alternately ignores and lectures her, is off to a sé ance. ('You know, M
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published July 18th 1995 by Putnam Adult
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Now this is a good book! I am savoring every page! Well, it got kind of tedious. Maybe because I've seen the movie. Also, I think I had read part of it before. It didn't give me any more insight into the characters than the movie did, really. Also, I thought the main character should have not been so wishy-washy. And why did the mother leave? It never gave us any introspection on that either.
A really irritating book that is supposed to be hilariously funny. Unfortunately I was stuck on a plane with nothing else to read. Eve Mozell comes from a dysfunctional family— Eve’s mother left Eve and her two sisters with their bi-polar father to run off with her (the mom’s) environmentally committed lover. Eve grows up, marries, and proceeds to subject her long- suffering husband and well-adjusted son to her own brand of dysfunctionality which primarily consists of spending 30 hours a day on ...more
You can count on the Ephron sisters for a good woman-to-woman blend of comradery and humor. And a bonus was listening to C.J. Crit read it. She's one of my early Stephanie Plum voice. She got the voices and attitudes right on for me. Probably made the book work better for me as well. Whenever I find myself laughing during my commute, the rating stars start adding up. Coincidentally, I just finished Still Alice, a rather serious look at dementia. The juxtaposition of serious agains ...more
I had a couple of laughs, but sometimes I just wished they would shoot the ol' man and get on with their lives.
being that i've acquired a mild case of adhd (for which i blame the internet), i doubted that i'd get into, much less through, this entire novel wherein nothing happens other than the dissection of familial relationships via phone calls. lo and behold, i will not underestimate the power of ephron again. eve is relatable and infuriating, funny and dumb, cold but compassionate to a fault... i liked her a lot more than i should. the dialogue and family relationships are so natural and fucked up, an ...more
Christine Sinclair
Funny/sad story of a dysfunctional family (or should I just say "family" since they almost all are?) of three sisters and their annoying elderly father. The best part was the great ending! Gotta see the movie now, directed by Diane Keaton!
Funny and sad. It's about three sisters and their crazy father. It's from one sister's, Eve's, point of view. She's the middle sister. The younger sister is irresponsible (a minor role soap actress) and the older sister is a magazine executive who is a bit egocentric and very successful. The dad has mental issues and is mean in a crusty way. Ephron writes very sad situations in very funny ways. I laughed out loud. Yet, it was very sad....much like life at times. I love Ephron's sense of humor. I ...more
this isn't the funny one.
I thought this was a good story about how complicated life gets dealing with a parent who is suffering from dementia besides being mentally unbalanced. I had such empathy for Eve and what she had to put up with since this is not uncommon in our generation as our parents age. I highly recommend it and think it would make a good book for a book club discussion.
Ich kann nicht genau sagen, woran es lag - aber dieses Buch hat mir nicht so recht gefallen, obwohl ich den Film noch ganz passabel fand. Wohl auch weil ich Meg Ryan mag, und der restliche Cast hat seine Rollen ebenfalls sehr gut gespielt.
Apr 16, 2010 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit readers who want some depth
While I'm technically classifying this as chick lit, it actually has a lot of depth in it. I was surprised at how issues of family and love and responsibility were met in a very realistic if not painful way.
Some parts are funny, and it's a good guessing game to wonder who are the the characters she's taken from real life.

I listened to the book on tape, and the reader was great.
This was a book about life, love, and dealing with an elderly alcoholic parent and one's siblings. I enjoyed it. I also liked the movie based on this book that starred Meg Ryan.
Great writing at times and Sheer Tedium at others. A middle-of-the-road three star read. I still love the Ephron sisters and will continue to seek out their work.

Mar 14, 2009 Krob added it
I listened to this book. Enjoyed the narrator very much. Identified with story of a woman with a difficult elderly parent and self-absorbed siblings.
Stephanie Cox
I thought this story was very quirky and fun. It is about a very dysfunctional family and how they cope with a manic depressive father.
As ususal, the book is much better than the movie, with better character building. Heart renching and funny, I really enjoyed this one.
This was fun and a light read, although it was about as serious subject. Anyone with a family will find something to identify with.
I listened to this book and really enjoyed it as much of it is telephone conversations. Funny and sad all at the same time.
hysterical to me, too close to home with the senile old parent and trying to deal with the aftermath of what they do
I must cop to liking this chick-lit novel by a favorite humor writer. About family entanglements and estrangements.
Funny with a ring of truth. Ephron writes of three daughters dealing with their father as he declines.
Rikke Jespersen
I read this when I was at the Azores for Christmas and new years eve... I enjoyed it a lot!
Why do I like books that make me cry?
I have this in my nightstand. i roll my joints on it. 2 stars.
Hilariously annoying. Seriously full of annoyance.
Margo Iserson
full of laughs. Lots of things that I could relate to.
This was so much better than the movie.
The Ephron sisters do great dialogue.
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Delia G. Ephron (July 12, 1944) is a screenwriter, author, and producer. She is the sister of Nora Ephron, Amy Ephron, and Hallie Ephron; their parents were screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron. She has written several children's books.

She coauthored the play "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" (based on the book by Ilene Beckerman) with her sister, Nora, and it has played to sold out audiences in Can
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