Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

by Roz Chast

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Overview

#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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632861016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 153,613
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978. Since then, she has published more than one thousand cartoons in the magazine. She has written and illustrated many books, including the national bestseller Going into Town, What I Hate: From A to Z, and the collections of her own cartoons The Party After You Left and Theories of Everything. She is the editor of The Best American Comics 2016 and the illustrator of Calvin Trillin's No Fair! No Fair! and Daniel Menaker's The African Svelte, all published in Fall 2016. She was awarded the Harvey Award Hall of Fame Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Beginning of the End 9

2 Return to the Fold 21

3 The Elder Lawyer 37

4 Galapagos 43

5 The Fall 51

6 Maimonides 61

7 Sundowning 69

8 The End of an Era 83

9 The Move 99

10 The Old Apartment 105

11 The Place 125

12 The Next Step 135

13 Kleenex Abounding 147

14 Postmortem 161

15 Elizabeth, Alone 165

16 Bedtime Stories 181

17 Chrysalis 195

18 The End 203

Epilogue 223

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