Elinor Lipman, a favorite author to many of us has given us a book of very funny and unique life stories. She dedicated the book to her son, Benjamin, who she says, is now used to this attention. There are 31 chapters, humorous, poignant and true to life.
Elinor, after reading these personal stories, I feel she is my friend, writes stories That are so relatable. She is from my period of time, sometime between 1900 and 1950. I understand precisely when she talks about her neighborhood accepting her family, even though they were the only Jews in a conclave of Irish. That is how life was in New England, she from, Lowell, Mass. Everyone looked out for the other's kids, we were outdoors from dawn til dusk in the summer. We went everywhere, afraid of little. I found the first ten chapters the most relatable and funny. Her family, growing up with a father who thought of her as his favorite, or was it her sister? His love of Max Shulman, and Dobie Gillis. The friends, their families, her best friend's Bat Mitzvah, where her two dads, one mom, three sets of grandparents, two sets Jewish,and one Irish, all attended and had a fabulous time. Good Grudgekeeping, like most of us, Elinor remembers! Sex Ed, her son's introduction to the wonders of love, who told her after his dad went through the man/woman deal, that ' a man takes a seed out of his tush and a woman eats it'. The death of her mom and how she still thinks she should call her mom when anything intetesting happens.
The second eight chapters are about her writing. How she became a writer, what it means to her and what method she uses to name her characters. The third set of chapters are about love and coupling. She has some very funny stuff here. Anniversaries, separate beds and dating. The last bit of chapters are about life after her husband died. She is doing well, and seems to have taken up life again. Elinor is my kind of girl, intelligent, open to new events, talkative, full of life and vim, and quiet and introspectful when needed. Elinor would be a great friend, she is that kind of woman, we can relate. As she says in one of her chapters,she is sorry to have missed an event, but she is greatly looking forward to the next time.
HighlyRecommended. prisrob 02-28-13