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Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : [a memoir] / Roz Chast.

Chast, Roz, (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781608198061 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 1608198065 (hardcover) :
  • Description: 228 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.

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Current holds

6 current holds with 27 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult New Books New 741.5/Chast (Text to phone) Checked out 04/27/2015
Beverly Farms Adult Nonfiction HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to phone) In transit -
Beverly Main Adult Graphic Novels Graphic Novel HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Danvers New Books GN / Chast (Text to phone) Available -
Everett - Shute Memorial Adult Graphic Novels Adult/Graphic Novel Chast (Text to phone) Offline -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to phone) Checked out 04/22/2015
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction HQ 1063.6 .C53 2014 (Text to phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Biography BIO CHAST, ROZ 2014 (Text to phone) Checked out 04/24/2015
Melrose Art Department New Books 741.5 Chast (Text to phone) Available -
Melrose Art Department New Books 741.5 Chast (Text to phone) Available -
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Content descriptions

Summary: In her first memoir, the author brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, her 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, she held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when she climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"--with predictable results--the tools that had served her 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 her 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. -- From publisher's web site.

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