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

Chast, Roz, (author,, artist.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at C.H. Booth Library - Newtown.
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C.H. Booth Library - Newtown GRA CHA (Text to phone) 34014131235690 Adult Graphic Novel Available -

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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.
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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.
Subject: Chast, Roz > Family > Comic books, strips, etc.
Adult children of aging parents > Family relationships > United States > Comic books, strips, etc.
Aging parents > Family relationships > United States > Comic books, strips, etc.
Aging parents > Care > United States > Comic books, strips, etc.
Cartoonists > United States > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Wit and humor, Pictorial.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Graphic novels > United States.
Genre: Wit and humor, Pictorial.
Comic books, strips, etc.

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