I Can't Complain

I Can't Complain

(all Too) Personal Essays

Book - 2013
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A winning collection of essays about home, love, cooking, politics, and the writing life from the acclaimed novelist.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547576206
054757620X
Characteristics: xii, 161 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I can not complain

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andreareads
Apr 17, 2018

Lipman's essays show the same keen sense of observation and humour as her fiction.

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santiano9
Nov 10, 2015

Despite a slow start, I ended up really enjoying the author's low key style and chosen subjects for these short essays. Based on this slim volume, I will try one of her novels next

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Rubicat
Dec 06, 2014

I don't think I've enjoyed a book so much in a long time. Equal parts funny and touching, Elinor Lipman is a wonderful writer who has been below MY radar so far. No more - although from her short comments about her novels, they may be more "romance" than I can stomach, I'll try one. She has a find touch with wit - not too mean, just dry enough. Great book

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mpfickes
Aug 18, 2013

Perfectly delightful, so light of touch that Lipman's skill and deft delivery of home truths seem effortless. Lipman writes of the weighty episodes of life: the death of her husband, her choice to have a child, the portrait of a much loved friend's daughter with two completely involved dads - biological and adoptive...and of lighter subjects: why, for instance, she salts so many of her stories with descriptions of food, and what to say to an author at a scantily attended reading. These are personal essays universal in their themes but exceptional for their vivid, humor-filled immediacy and recognizable humanity.

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andreareads
Apr 17, 2018

Three years older than I, Debbie and her friends discussed religion just enough so that she came away accepting – not glumly, just a fact of life – that purgatory was the best she could hope for.

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