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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant A Memoir
Author: Roz Chast
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 four-color cartoons, family photos, and 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-alterin...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781608198061
ISBN-10: 1608198065
Publication Date: 5/6/2014
Pages: 240
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4.1 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 161
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I thought this was powerful, funny, and heart-breaking. It is a rare book that can make me laugh and cry simultaneously, and this is one of them. Chast tells it like it is, complete with photos of the 1950s items her parents were still using in their Brooklyn apartment. Her honesty about their interactions, her worries about money, the needs of her own family, and the parts of the health care system that don't make sense are appreciated and thought provoking. I am not dealing with this issue currently, and that remove may have made this an easier read for me. I don't know how well it would be received by someone in the middle of the overwhelming situation - perhaps delight at being understood, perhaps despair that there are no easy answers, probably some of both.
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A unique memoir told thru drawings, cartoon panels, photos, and some text. I found this to be a compelling read with both laugh out loud moments and tearing up moments. I'm currently in somewhat similar situation, so could relate closely to many of her struggles. I really appreciated her ability to bring humor to frustrating situations, along with her refreshing candor. Caregiving for ailing parents, especially when dealing with dementia, can be painful on many levels and it does help to know that one is not alone in sometimes losing patience or feeling that the responsibilities are a bit overwhelming. Although not a primary focus, I also appreciated the author pointing out the limitations, challenges, and high cost of healthcare. Many of her observations and experiences are thought-provoking. Her parents were fortunate enough to have sufficient savings to pay for an upscale assisted living facility, along with additional nursing or care services. So the progression of care and options follows along with paid help. The author focuses on her relationship and dealings with her parents exclusively. I did find myself wanting to know more about her relationship with her husband and kids. Overall a direct, honest, touching and memorable read.


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