Can't we talk about something more pleasant? (Book, 2016) [WorldCat.org]
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Can't we talk about something more pleasant?

Author: Roz Chast
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Spanning the last several years of the author's parent's lives and told through a mixture of cartoons, family photos, and documents, this memoir aims to provide both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, the author held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when her mother climbed a ladder to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction comics
Graphic novels
Autobiographies
Autobiographical comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic Novel
Popular Work
Personal Narrative
Comic books, strips, etc
Biography Comic books, strips, etc
Named Person: Chast family.; Roz Chast; Roz Chast; Chast family.; Roz Chast
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roz Chast
ISBN: 1632861011 9781632861016
OCLC Number: 940281372
Notes: "A memoir"--Cover.
First published in 2014.
Description: 228 pages : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 24 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.

Abstract:

Spanning the last several years of the author's parent's lives and told through a mixture of cartoons, family photos, and documents, this memoir aims to provide both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, the author held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when her mother climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet" - with predictable results - the tools that had served the author well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are specific 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 the author 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.--adapted from publisher's description.

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