Book Review of Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
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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.