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Book Title: I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays|
The author of the book: Elinor Lipman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 916 KB
Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: April 16th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780547576220
Read full description of the books I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays:I love Elinor Lipman's novels. But her "essays"....can I complain? I felt misled on two crucial points.
First, these essays are a compilation of reprints written over decades, and it shows. So ask yourself if you really want to read decades-old Good Housekeeping "Blessings" columns. If you do--great! You'll enjoy these. If not, maybe skip this one.
My second problem with this book is the subtitle, (All Too) Personal Essays. Her mom had a condiment phobia! Her father was perfect (his biggest problem: he loved both sisters so much, they argued over who was his favorite)! She attended a mixed-religion bat mitzvah. Seriously? What year is this?!? Oh, 1993.
Then, on page 136 of this 161-page book, she finally gets personal. Her husband has a rare brain disorder. I literally sat up in my bed when I read this. Here we go. Here's the real stuff, the heartfelt stuff, the post-90's meaning of (All Too) Personal Essays. But alas, no. Ms. Lipman gives us a little, then pulls back and we're reading an essay about "pride for Jews on TV."
So why the three stars and not less? Because I hope no one misses Lipman's novels; they're wonderful, insightful, even funny. And maybe fans of hers will love these essays for taking them back to a time when calling your neat-freak husband "Mr. Clean" was the height of hilarity and self-revelation. But if you're looking for a deep, funny, insightful read, I'd go straight for The Inn at Lake Devine. In fact, I think I may reread it now, to rekindle my love for Ms. Lipman.
Also, I gave it three stars because I truly hope that one day Ms. Lipman really writes a volume of (All Too) Personal Essays. I'll be the first one to pick those up, no complaints.
Read information about the authorElinor Lipman is the author of 11 humorous novels about contemporary American society; essay and short story collections, and a book of rhyming political tweets.. Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism. She lives in Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001. Her first novel, "Then She Found Me," was adapted for the screen, starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick. Her fourth novel, "The Inn at Lake Devine" was adapted for the off-off Broadway stage by Tongue in Cheek Theater. In 2011-2012, she held the Elizabeth Drew chair in creative writing at Smith College.
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