[]
[]

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

[a Memoir]
Chast, Roz (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Print

Item Details

"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Authors: Chast, Roz
Title: Can't we talk about something more pleasant?
[a memoir]
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Characteristics: 228 pages :,color illustrations ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Roz Chast
Notes: Subtitle from cover
Summary: "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" -- from publisher's web site.
ISBN: 9781608198061
1608198065
Branch Call Number: GN 920 CHAST 2014
Subject Headings: Chast, Roz Family Comic books, strips, etc Adult children of aging parents Family relationships United States Comic books, strips, etc Aging parents Family relationships United States Comic books, strips, etc Aging parents Care United States Comic books, strips, etc Cartoonists United States Biography
Topical Term: Adult children of aging parents
Aging parents
Aging parents
Cartoonists
MARC Display»

Library Staff

An unflinchingly honest but hilarious book about aging, dealing with aging parents, and the weird, warped relationships we have with our parents.
(Karen E's fave)

An unflinchingly honest and hilarious graphic novel/ memoir by the incomparable Roz Chast! She writes and draws about her relationship with her parents (ah, the bane of being an only child!) and the difficult things that we may face as we age or as our loved ones age.


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Jul 16, 2014
  • kozakd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I agree with the previous comments. A brilliant, honest and insightful graphic novel that you will finish in a sitting because you can't put it down.

"Acclaimed cartoonist Roz Chast, best known for her work in The New Yorker, relates her experiences with her aging parents in this bittersweet memoir, which reproduces conversations about getting older and moving to a retirement home (from which the title Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? derives), followed by descriptions of their declining health and the ends of their lives. Chast captures the reader's sympathy for both her parents and herself, employing documents, photographs, and her usual cartoon style, which brings to life her parents' personalities and her concern for them, leavened with deft touches of ironic humour." Biography and Memoir July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/90664ed0-112c-4dc3-badc-4aff1fc6e001?postId=b5fb9674-9abe-43b9-af02-3e8998058388

Jul 07, 2014
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fans of Chast's cartoons should be warned: this is not a funny book, except for brief moments. But it's very personal and very honest about the challenges of caring for elderly parents.

Jul 04, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the graphic novel style of this memoir. It was a tough topic to cover (care of aging parents) but she managed to do it with grace and humor!

Jul 01, 2014
  • stewaroby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So funny, so sad, so familiar. Chast lives a long, long way from where I read her book and our lives are very different but she has the great gift of making the particular universal. I've always loved her work but this is on another level.

Jun 04, 2014
  • JCLSarahA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Longtime New Yorker Magazine cartoonist, Roz Chast, has gifted us with a new graphic memoir about her experiences in helping her parents as they age, and of her thoughts and feelings at their eventual deaths when they are in their 90’s. She is honest, straightforward and thankfully often times hilariously funny on a topic that few people really want to think about - but one that we all will have to go through sooner or later.

May 22, 2014
  • Zoomerofall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book. Chast is honest, funny, and insightful. The truth that this kind of decline and indignity await everyone who does not die young is hard to take, but facing the fact of it helps to ease the fear. Chast's drawings are brilliant. Her account of the accumulations of possessions in her parents' apartment made me want to go on a weeding and cleaning spree in my own house.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Videos

Add a Video

There are no videos for this title yet.

Find it at MCL

  Loading...

Powered by BiblioCommons.