Much of a muchness
Three big new collections are filled to bursting with wonderful writing.
The Most of Nora Ephron (Knopf) is a posthumous collection of examples of just about everything the witty, wise Ephron wrote: a novel (Heartburn), a screenplay (When Harry Met Sally. . .) and lots of her terrific essays and journalism.
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, Second Edition (Oxford University Press), edited by Joyce Carol Oates, is a feast of great short fiction, from Washington Irving and Nathaniel Hawthorne through Ernest Hemingway and Flannery O'Connor and James Baldwin to Jhumpa Lahiri and Junot Diaz.
T.C. Boyle: Stories II (Viking) is another banquet of short fiction, this one all from one wildly inventive, wide-ranging author; it includes 44 stories from Boyle's three most recent collections as well as 14 splendid new ones.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor