I Can't Complain

I Can't Complain

(all Too) Personal Essays

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Collection of essays about home, love, cooking, politics, and the writing life from the acclaimed novelist.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547576206
Branch Call Number: 814.54 L664I 2013
814.54 L664i
Characteristics: xii, 161 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I can not complain


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

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.


Add a Quote
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.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at TPL

To Top