I Can't Complain by Elinor Lipman
(All Too) Personal Essays

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

Accomplished novelist Lipman...exposes her journalistic roots by collecting over 30 “(all too) personal” essays and columns that have appeared in a number of periodicals.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

From the beloved and acclaimed novelist, a collection of witty, moving essays.In her two decades of writing, Elinor Lipman has populated her fictional universe with characters so utterly real that we feel like they’re old friends. Now she shares an even more intimate world with us—her own—in essays that offer a candid, charming take on modern life. Looking back and forging ahead, she considers the subjects that matter most: childhood and condiments, long marriage and solo living, career and politics.

Here you’ll find the lighthearted: a celebration of four decades of All My Children, a reflection on being Jewish in heavily Irish-Catholic Lowell on St. Patrick’s Day, a hilariously unflinching account of her tiptoe into online dating. But she also tackles the serious and profound in eloquent stories of unexpected widowhood and caring for elderly parents that use her struggles to illuminate ours. Whether for Lipman’s longtime readers or those who love the essays of Nora Ephron or Anna Quindlen, I Can't Complain is a diverting delight.

 

About Elinor Lipman

See more books from this Author
Elinor Lipman is the author of seven books: the novels The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, The Dearly Departed, The Ladies' Man, The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel's Bed, The Way Men Act, Then She Found Me, and a collection of stories, Into Love and Out Again. She has been called "the diva of dialogue" (People) and "the last urbane romantic" (Chicago Tribune). Book Magazine said of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, "Like Jane Austen, the past master of the genre, Lipman isn't only out for laughs. She serves up social satire, too, that's all the more trenchant for being deftly drawn." Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Gourmet, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times' Writers on Writing series. She received the New England Booksellers' 2001 fiction award for a body of work.
 
Published April 16, 2013 by Mariner Books. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for I Can't Complain
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good
on Mar 15 2013

Accomplished novelist Lipman...exposes her journalistic roots by collecting over 30 “(all too) personal” essays and columns that have appeared in a number of periodicals.

Read Full Review of I Can't Complain: (All Too) P... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Reader Rating for I Can't Complain
84%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 61 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×