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Nora Ephron's Lists Of What She Will Miss And What She Won't

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Nora Ephron said good-bye.

Diagnosed years ago with an aggressive form of leukemia, she had to have known that her odds for a very long life had changed. She never went public with the diagnosis, but in her final book, "I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections," she seems to have faced the thought of mortality unvarnished and boots forward.

As I reread that book yesterday, the message all but jumped off the final pages. “What I Won’t Miss” was one list. “What I Will Miss” was the other.

Her publisher, Knopf, has given permission to reprint both.

How fitting that Ephron got the perfectly polished, straight-to-the-heart-of-it, say-it-like-no-one-else-can last word.

What I Won’t Miss

Dry skin

Bad dinners like the one we went to last night

E-mail

Technology in general

My closet

Washing my hair

Bras

Funerals

Illness everywhere

Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism

Polls

Fox

The collapse of the dollar

Joe Lieberman

Clarence Thomas

Bar mitzvahs

Mammograms

Dead flowers

The sound of the vacuum cleaner

Bills

Emails. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it.

Small print

Panels on Women in Film

Taking off makeup every night.

What I Will Miss

My kids

Nick

Spring

Fall

Waffles

The concept of waffles

Bacon

A walk in the park

The idea of a walk in the park

Shakespeare in the Park

The bed

Reading in bed

Fireworks

Laughs

The view out the window

Twinkle lights

Butter

Dinner at home just the two of us

Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives

Paris

Next year in Istanbul

Pride and Prejudice

The Christmas tree

Thanksgiving dinner

One for the table

The dogwood

Taking a bath

Coming over the bridge to Manhattan

Pie

Excerpted from "I Remember Nothing" by Nora Ephron. Copyright © 2011 by Nora Ephron. Excerpted by permission of Vintage, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.