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Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First United States 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
Biography
Comic books, strips, etc
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Roz Chast; Chast family.; Chast family.; Roz Chast
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roz Chast
ISBN: 9781608198061 1608198065
OCLC Number: 908699088
Notes: Subtitle from cover.
Awards: Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography) 2014
Winner of New England Book Award (Nonfiction) 2014
Winner of New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award (Nonfiction) 2014
Winner of Books for a Better Life (Inspirational Memoir) 2015
Winner of Kirkus Prize (Nonfiction) 2014
Commended for National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 2014
Commended for L.A. Times Book Prize (Graphic Novel) 2014
Commended for Thurber Prize for American Humor 2015
Description: 228 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Beginning of the end --
Return to the fold --
Elder lawyer --
Galapagos --
Fall --
Maimonides --
Sundowning --
End of an era --
Move --
Old apartment --
Place --
Next step --
Kleenex abounding --
Postmortem --
Elizabeth, alone --
Bedtime stories --
Chrysalis --
End --
Epilogue.
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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