Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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

I have long loved Elinor Lipman's novels (although I haven't read as many of them as I'd like.) I wasn't sure what to expect from her nonfiction, but I love it almost more. I wish I could read a dozen more books just like this! I wish this book were four times the length!

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.

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