Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Roz Chast.

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

Bloomsbury USA, September 2016. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Item #243349
ISBN: 1632861011

#1 New York Times Bestseller

2014 National Book Award Finalist

Winner of the inaugural 2014 Kirkus Prize in nonfiction

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the 2014 Books for a Better Life Award

Winner of the 2015 Reuben Award from National Cartoonists Society

In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies--an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades--the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant shows the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.


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