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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

A Memoir

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Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

In her first memoir, 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.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet†?-with predictable results-the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

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; managing logistics; 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 will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 10, 2014 – “Something more pleasant” than the certainty of old age and death is what Chast’s parents would prefer to talk about, in this poignant and funny text-and-cartoon memoir of their final years. (In one cartoon, the Grim Reaper declares, “The Chasts are talking about me? Why, I’ll show them!”) Chast, a cartoonist who contributes frequently to the New Yorker, describes how her parents, George and Elizabeth, try her patience as she agonizes over their past and future. She brings her parents and herself to life in the form of her characteristic scratchy-lined, emotionally expressive characters, making the story both more personal and universal. Despite the subject matter, the book is frequently hilarious, highlighting the stubbornness and eccentricities (and often sheer lunacy) of the author’s parents. It’s a homage that provides cathartic “you are not alone” support to those caring for aging parents. Like Raymond Briggs’s classic Ethel and Ernest, this is a cartoon memoir to laugh and cry, and heal, with—Roz Chast’s masterpiece.

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Customer Reviews

Can't we talk about something more pleasant

Funny and factual! A must read for those with elderly parents in their declining years. Or for anyone who wants to see how life really is in those supposedly golden years.

Loved it! Especially the format!

Thank you! It's helped integrate the passing of elderly family members into a shared experience instead for me.

Hugs all around!

A Must Read

I've been a huge fan of Roz Chast for many years. She has always made me laugh, watching the world through her eyes. This book had me laughing one minute, weeping the next. Anyone who has seen their elderly parents deteriorate and die should read this book. It is a difficult yet beautiful testament to the journey that we will all take. Thanks Roz, for sharing such intimate emotions.

Funny and deeply felt

Engaging, funny, moving all rolled into one great read. Highly recommend

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
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  • $19.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: May 06, 2014
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Seller: Isolation Network, Inc. (INgrooves a.k.a. INscribe)
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 3.1
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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