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Can't we talk about something more pleasant? / Roz Chast.

Chast, Roz, (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 1608198065 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 9781608198061 (hardcover) :
  • Description: 228 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.

Available copies

  • 19 of 22 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Gloucester. (Show all copies)

Current holds

0 current holds with 22 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Graphic Novels GRAPHIC NOVEL/ Chast (Text to Phone) Checked out 10/22/2016
Beverly Main Adult Graphic Novels Graphic Novel HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Danvers Adult Graphic Novels GN / Chast (Text to Phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Adult Graphic Novels Adult/Graphic Novel Chast (Text to Phone) Long Overdue 09/24/2015
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Biography BIO CHAST, ROZ 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
Melrose Art Department 741.5 Chast (Text to Phone) Available -
Melrose Art Department 741.5 Chast (Text to Phone) Available -
North Shore - Lynn Campus Stacks NC 1429 .C525 A3 2014 (Text to Phone) Available -
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Content descriptions

Contents Note: 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.
Summary: 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. An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller. Product description.

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Alternate Title: Roz Chast : a memoir

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