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Molly Hallberg is a thirty-nine-year-old divorced writer living in New York City who wants her own column, a Wikipedia entry, and to never end up in her family's Long Island upholstery business. For the past four years Molly's been on staff for an online magazine, covering all the wacky assignments. She's snuck vibrators through security scanners, speed-dated undercover, d ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Gallery Books
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Robert
If I were a woman, I could have quite a bit of fun reading chick lit and women’s fiction and romance and erotica and then passing along (hopefully) entertaining reviews to the reading public at large just for the hell of it. Oh wait, I guess I already do that anyway. So…moving right along, I must say WHAT NORA KNEW offered up quite a bit of entertainment with very little substance. You know, like trying to eat bubbles that a six-year-old has just blown in your direction after her kite took a nos ...more
Lisa Wolf
This romantic comedy is a fast and fun read, but ultimately whether you enjoy it is going to depend on your tolerance for Sleepless in Seattle and whether you find chick-lit amusing or irritating.

So what did I think? Let’s start with what I liked: What Nora Knew is a fast-paced, frenetically fun look at being single and being in the dating pool, from the vantage point of a woman on the verge of hitting the big 4-0. Molly, the main character, is savvy and smart, and has been around the block enou
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Rebecca Foster
Linda Yellin’s latest novel is a charming homage to Nora Ephron’s romantic comedies. Whether you know Meg Ryan’s 1990s oeuvre backwards and forwards or it’s all new to you, you’ll surely be inspired to add a few Ephron classics to your Netflix queue.

New Yorker Molly Hallberg is a 39-year-old divorced journalist. Her job for online gossip magazine EyeSpy is enjoyable enough, but she sometimes wishes she could be taken a bit more seriously. Boss Deirdre delights in sending her on silly pranks: joi
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Tiffany
I love Nora Ephron movies and I've read Ephron's books, so I was very excited to request a copy of this title from NetGalley.

I was hopeful that we would get Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks or at least Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Nora's movies always featured a sweet, maybe a little quirky, girl who has settled for Mr. Bland, but deep down, wanted to find the love of a soul mate. You, as the audience, then get to go on that journey with her and watch the puzzle pieces fall into place.

That wasn't at all wh
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Jen Malone
3. 5 stars.
This is a really sweet book that combines all the chick-lit characters and tropes under one cover (which I'm not saying is a bad thing). To be honest, I almost gave up on this book about fifty pages in when it was still ALL backstory and info-dump and we hadn't yet gotten to an actual scene. However, I'm such a HUGE fan of Nora Ephron that I was really curious to see how her films would factor in. As the story progressed, the homages became clearer and there were definite reference p
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Veronica
After a failed marriage, how do you let your heart love again?

That's the problem facing Molly Hallberg in Linda Yellin's new contemporary romance WHAT NORA KNEW.

Molly's a 39 y/o divorced woman living in New York. She writes the human interest column for an online magazine, EyeSpy. So, she does wacky things like go undercover as a professional bra fitter, or go parachuting, and then writes about the experience. In Molly's wit and job antics I found an instant kinship to Bridget Jones--always a pl
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Katy Noyes
Meh. In trying to be clever, this fell a bit flat for me. In trying to 'homage' Nora Ephron, Yellin's book has, to my mind, recreated the stereotypes from Ephron's films and put them into something so similar it doesn't even stand out.

We have a journalist who, burned by a bad marriage/divorce, has settled for a fairly dull but pleasant man. We have some 'best friends' who provide filler (not particularly comic). We have a scary boss who sends our heroine out on crazy assignments. And of course,
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Paula
I am a fan of love stories and of stories that take place in Manhattan and this novel is a perfect example of why. There is wonderful tension between Molly Hallberg, a journalist who works for an online magazine and does assignments that require gumption and a sense of humor and Cameron Duncan, an author of crime stories who she is drawn to at the same time she is repelled by what she sees as him being a man about town. Just as it was obvious that Meg Ryan belonged with Billy Crystal in When Har ...more
Cheryl M-M
I suppose a little knowledge about Nora Ephron and her work might add to the enjoyment of the story. It is a breezy and easy chic lit. It actually reminded me of the Devil wears Prada.
Molly is a little jaded after a few decades lifetime of meeting a lot of men who can only be described as Mr Not quite Right. She doesn't believe there is such a thing as true love and therefore cannot write about it when asked to do so.
She spends her time trying out various activities so she can write about them.
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Donna McBroom-Theriot
WHAT NORA KNEW is such a sweet and funny novel. It is like watching a Nora Ephron movie. You have Molly, with her quick wit and sarcasam, and you have Cameron the ladies man author. They match each other witty comment to witty comment, neither understanding in the beginning that they had just met their match.

WHAT NORA KNEW is full of laugh out loud moments as we accompany Molly through her life, her friends, her family, and her relationships. The banter between the two leading characters, Molly
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Ashley Farley
How do you know when you meet the right person, your soul mate, that special someone you are meant to spend eternity with? Does an electric current pass through your body when your hands touch for the first time? What are you looking for in a life partner? Great sex? Someone who will respect your intellect and support your decisions? Someone who makes you laugh? On assignment for the online magazine she works for, Molly Hallberg is faced with finding the answers to these questions by interviewin ...more
Sharon Redfern
After her first husband cheats on her and leaves her heartbroken, Molly settles for a ho hum relationship with Russell. Working as a writer for a magazine, Molly aims to be a columnist and be able to stop writing fluff pieces at the whim of her flaky publisher. When she meets Cameron, an established mystery writer, she is not impressed. Future meetings don't really change her mind but she does find herself involved in a witty back and forth repartee with Cameron that she does find stimulating.
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Evie
Yellin's novel feels like a movie unfurling right before you - and yes, like a Nora Ephron movie. The descriptions of the main characters, Molly Hallberg a magazine writer, and Cameron Duncan, a bestselling mystery novelist, even look like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Maybe that is a coincidence or me reading more into them than intended but considering how many sly and fun references to Nora Ephron's movies, I assume it was the author's intent.

As bubbly and sharp as When Harry Met Sally or Sleeples
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Meredith Schorr
Molly used to believe in passionate love until her first husband cheated on her. Now she is divorced and in a comfortable, if not mind-blowing, relationship with Russell. Several chance encounters with charming Cameron make her question her feelings for Russell and, while she doubts Cameron's sincerity, the way he makes her feel makes her question whether "comfortable" and "safe" are really enough.

I'm a huge fan of chick lit and Nora Ephron movies and so I really enjoyed this novel. In fact, I r
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Jen
Feb 18, 2014 Jen added it
I love Nora Ephron movies and I've read Heartburn, so I was very excited to read this.

I'm not an expert Nora-ologist, but her movies that I've seen have featured a quirky, spunky girl who suspects deep down that she's settled for Mr. Wrong and wonders if she should hold out for her soulmate. We, the audience, believe that she'll find her Mr. Right, and sigh with happiness when the two of them finally get together.

I just wasn't getting that Nora-esque heroine vibe from Molly, the protagonist of t
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Micki
It's been a long time since I found myself feeling compelled to underline passages in a book, but that is what happened when reading What Nora Knew. Jam-packed with observations that make life feel saner, breezier, and hopeful because you can't stop smiling or laughing, I truly loved this book. Easy to read, yet filled with depth; humor-galore yet filled with serious topics - i.e. how much should you risk for love? - it will hold you from page one right through the upbeat ending. A pleasure ride ...more
Susan
What Nora Knew is an entertaining homage to Nora Ephron's rom-com movies, complete with The Dull but Well-Meaning Wrong Guy, The Obvious (to everyone but the heroine) Right Guy, the Big Misunderstanding, and the Grand Gesture. It garners a few chuckles but won't linger long in the memory.

Author Linda Yellin is a very funny woman. That doesn't mean she is a great writer. Her scenes contain plenty of witty dialogue and wacky predicaments, but they don't always do much to propel the story forward.
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Jen
*I received this book via the publisher as an ARC to review. It was a complete surprise because I didn't get notification beforehand, so I was quite psyched!

I started this book with zero expectations. I've read Nora Ephron and seen the majority of her movies, but wanted to give this author a blank slate to start from. First, she is really funny. There were several moments where I was laughing out loud at the situations this character got herself into.

Without giving away any crucial plot points,
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Michelle Sallay
I'm giving this a little more credit because it did make me laugh out loud a couple of times. And that rarely happens so good show for you book.

I think before you read this book you need to decide if you like the movies Sleepless in Seattle or You've Got Mail. (The only Nora Ephron movie I like is When Harry Met Sally.) This book follows the formula in the movies where the characters have all these near misses until the end.

Sometimes I find it hard to judge a book when reading an ARC, because
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Natasha  Estrada
What Nora knew is a funny and quirky book about finding love. the story follows a 39 year old women named Molly who doesn't believe in love after her husband cheated on her.

The story line of Cameron remind me of the tv show Castle. they share similar personalities. they both write crime novel's and are funny with spontaneously personalities. it would of been nice to see more of the relationship between Molly and Cameron but I really enjoyed there relationship together and the many conversations
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Jessica
I’m not the kind of person who can drop movie quotes into every day conversation. I don’t know why, but those kinds of things don’t seem to stick in my brain.

The exception to this rule is When Harry Met Sally. To say that it’s one of my favorite movies would be an understatement. I love every scene, every line of dialogue in that movie and I can pretty much recite the whole thing from beginning to end. I’m not even much of a rom-com fan, but Billy Crystal running to meet Meg Ryan at the New Yea
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Teresa
WHAT NORA KNEW is to me a romantic comedy in which Nora comes to realise she knows very little. Nora is an almost forty divorced female working as a writer for an online magazine, EYESPY. She has a comfortable boyfriend in her life. She works trying things out and reporting back to the public, ie skydiving, restaurant reviews, etc.

When we first meet Nora, she is describing her life in detail up to this moment and it is hilarious. She comes off at times as being a jaded smart mouth but at the sam
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Nancy
Yes, it's kind of cheesy and predictable with the Nora Ephron references. Lots of Meg Ryan and all. However, as Molly points out once or twice, we may know the ending, that she'll end up with the right guy after a grand gesture, but it's the actively discovering love right in front of your eyes keeps us watching. Or reading.

It is, by far, the funnest book I've read in a long time. I read Linda Yellin's book about her last first date; when she met her husband, their courtship and marriage. I love
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Callie
I devoured this book in less than two days. It's a fresh, laugh-out-loud take on finding a soulmate from the point of view of a 39-year-old divorcee who doesn't believe in soulmates. Because of an assignment at her magazine-writing job that immerses her in the movies and writings of Nora Ephron, she finally lets herself open up to the right man. A snappy, happy novel that is reminiscent of everything that made Nora Ephron's romantic movies such a delicious pleasure.
Tish
This was a cute story about a journalist in New York City who is assigned to write an article on romance and to do it in the style of Nora Ephron. Well, Molly failed miserably, but author Linda Yellin has succeeded! The book contains frequent references to the movies "Sleepless in Seattle", "When Harry Met Sally", and "You've Got Mail" and would probably make a decent movie along the same lines with a similar plot, similar witty dialogue, etc. Which brings us to the reason I gave this no more th ...more
Jackie
Sharper and more insightful than a usual "beach read", but as fun and entertaining as anything you'd want to read on a vacation. Does that qualify it as the perfect beach book? Yes, especially if you love clever conversations and an ending that guarantees a big smile and a few tears. A super tribute to Nora Ephron's type of storytelling.
Tara
A fun, upbeat story about a writer who has been burned in love and struggles when given an assignment by her magazine boss to write about love in New York the same way Nora Ephron would approach the subject. She is incapable of completing the assignment and oblivious to the perfect man for her. This story reads like a Nora Ephron movie with the same kind of bright dialogue and funny characters. There are bigger issues at stake, the kind that kelp you thinking long after the book is over, but lik ...more
Carol Balawyder
What a lovely discovery. If you like Nora Ephron, you're bound to like this book. Yellin's protagonist, Molly, is cuddly and yet sparky. The kind of person you'd like to have as a best friend. What Nora Knew is the type of book you take to bed with you, like a child takes to bed her teddy bear.
Narci Drossos
Our book club loved this! Literally, some great laugh out loud moments. Characters we loved as well as characters we loved to hate. Sequel, please!
Regina
I was reading this in the Quiet Car on the Amtrak between Boston and Providence and laughing out loud so much that the other passengers were getting mad. Although two of them wrote down the name of the book. Filled with laughs and insights and absolutely wonderful.
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Linda Yellin's new novel, WHAT NORA KNEW, an homage to Nora Ephron and romantic movies, about a cynical journalist who’s assigned to write about romance Nora-style and flunks out big time, will be published by Simon & Schuster in January, 2014.

Her memoir, THE LAST BLIND DATE, about moving to New York for love but finding condo boards, contractors, step-children, private schools, Ivy League na
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