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Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir

Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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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 a mixture of cartoons, family photos, 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Wit and humor, Pictorial
Comic books, strips, etc
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Humor
Named Person: Roz Chast
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roz Chast
ISBN: 9781608198061 1608198065
OCLC Number: 860395376
Notes: Subtitle from cover.
Description: 228 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The beginning of the end --
Return to the fold --
The elder lawyer --
Galapagos --
The fall --
Maimonides --
Sundowning --
The end of an era --
The move --
The old apartment --
The place --
The next step --
Kleenex abounding --
Postmortem --
Elizabeth, alone --
Bedtime stories --
Chrysalis --
The end.
Responsibility: Roz Chast.

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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 a mixture of cartoons, family photos, 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.

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