I Can't Complain

I Can't Complain

(all Too) Personal Essays

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780547576206
Branch Call Number: 814.54 LI
Characteristics: xii, 161 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I can not complain


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You should never complain. If you complain, things don't get better. Things get worse.

Apr 17, 2018

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

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

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

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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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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