Nora Ephron was many things: journalist, screenwriter, an Academy Award nominee, a playwright, novelist, blogger, and an advocate for women. Most important, she seemed like your best friend and confidante—your homegirl. Now, finally, some of her best writing is collected in one volume. The Most of Nora Ephron (Knopf, $35) includes journalism, the screenplay of When Harry Met Sally, the novel, Heartburn, posts from Ephron’s food blog, and more. Reading this book gave me goose bumps and made me sad for a world where Nora is no longer; her films remain some of my favorites, and reading this collection felt like a parting gift from one of the funniest ladies in showbiz. Before her death, Nora stipulated that this collection never be turned into an e-book—making her not only a girl’s best friend, but a bookseller’s as well.
Packed with pop culture, feminist history, and a lot of good humored snark, The Book of Jezebel (Grand Central, $27) is an excellent companion to the popular website Jezebel.com. Want to know about Bella Abzug, Planned Parenthood, or Zits? The information is right here. We dare you to find better entries for Tube Tops, Sheryl Sandberg, or Xena, Warrior Princess. Nothing is sacred, and Lady Gaga shares the page with Gaia, Gardasil, and Indira Gandhi. With witty illustrations and photographs throughout, this encyclopedia, edited by Jezebel founder Anna Holmes, is the perfect gift for ladies of all ages.