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Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2016. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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A graphic memoir by a long-time New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents' lives through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist's struggles with caregiver challenges.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction comics
Graphic novels
Autobiographies
Autobiographical comics
Comic books, strips, etc
Självbiografier
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Chast family.; Roz Chast
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roz Chast
ISBN: 1632861011 9781632861016
OCLC Number: 1038606882
Notes: "A memoir"--Cover.
First published in 2014.
Description: 228 pages : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 24 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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A graphic memoir by a long-time New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the final years of her aging parents' lives through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents that reflect the artist's struggles with caregiver challenges.

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. -- Publisher description.

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