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The Strand, Seen in ‘Julie & Julia,’ Pays Tribute to Nora Ephron - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


The Strand, Seen in ‘Julie & Julia,’ Pays Tribute to Nora Ephron


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.Mary Reinholz The Strand’s window.

Almost all of Nora Ephron’s books were sold out yesterday morning at The Strand, where a photo in the window depicted the literary dynamo posing with the bookshop’s owners, Fred Bass and Nancy Bass Wyden, during the filming of “Julie & Julia” there in 2008.

Today, a portrait of Ms. Ephron – a “writer and filmmaker with a genius for humor,” per The Times’s obituary – pops up on the The Strand’s Website when you search for her books, just two copies of which are said to be in stock (both are of her 2002 play, “Imaginary Friends”).

A clerk said the run on her novels (“Heartburn”), essay collections (“I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Reflections on Being a Woman,” “I Remember Nothing”) and screenplays (“When Harry Met Sally…”, “Julie & Julia”) started yesterday morning, after it was announced that she had died the previous night from pneumonia brought on by leukemia at 71. Classic collected essays from the 1970s like “Wallflower at an Orgy” and “Crazy Salad” were unavailable, but the store has put in orders for more. Employees at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square reported a similar shortage.

Though Ms. Ephron’s own works have become suddenly hard to come upon, you can still pick up some of her favorites: last year, she curated the Author’s Bookshelf at The Strand, and her picks are preserved online. (According to Shelf Awareness, Strand co-owner Nancy Bass Wyden was an extra in “Julie & Julia,” as she was filmed shelving books at the $1 racks.)

Few knew but many now mourn an uncommon woman who wrote about ordinary life and the lovelorn mainly in New York City. Today on City Room, Clyde Haberman remembers a former colleague who “was at heart a reporter, one blessed with 20-20 insight.”