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Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: New York ; London ; New Delhi ; Sydney : Bloomsbury, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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" In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her 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, 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Wit and humor, Pictorial
Graphic Novel
Personal Narrative
Popular Work
Graphic medicine
Medical comics
Autobiographical comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels
Nonfiction comics
Memoirs
Comic books, strips, etc
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Biography
Named Person: Roz Chast; Roz Chast; Roz Chast
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roz Chast
ISBN: 9781608198061 1608198065 9781632861016 1632861011
OCLC Number: 860395376
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, 2014.
Description: 228 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), 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.
Other Titles: Roz Chast :
Responsibility: Roz Chast.
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" In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her 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, 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" 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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