Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Book review: I Can't Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays by Elinor Lipman
She talks about her growing up, about her marriage, and about her writing. They were delightful, sometimes quite funny, and always sharp. As a collection of essays, these can be doled out one by one over time, but I dare you to be able to hold out when the essays are so terrific. A lot of them (if not all) are reprints of columns that appeared in various newspapers or magazines, and a few have become marginally dated but if you just keep in mind that they're not all fresh, I don't think that's much of an issue. They don't get quite as personal as the title promises, but I do truly feel like I know one of my favorite authors better after reading this collection.
I bought this book at Octavia Books, an independent bookstore in New Orleans, Louisiana.