Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir


Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Author Roz Chast
ISBN-10 1632861011
ISBN-13 9781632861016
Year 2016-09-13
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
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1 New York Times Bestseller2014 National Book Award FinalistWinner of the inaugural 2014 Kirkus Prize in nonfictionWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Winner of the 2014 Books for a Better Life AwardWinner of the 2015 Reuben Award from National Cartoonists SocietyIn 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 Chasts 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 Chasts talent as cartoonist and storyteller

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