Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast

Roz Chast, a New Yorker cartoonist tells the story of her parents decline, move to assisted living, hospice care, and eventual death through text, photographs, and drawings. Chast shows the ugly reality of end-of-life care and the parent-child role reversal.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is Chast's first memoir and it was a 2014 National Book Award Finalist in Nonfiction.

I was drawn to this book because I have recently experienced caring for aging and difficult parents. I could relate to every detail in this book. Some descriptions in the book are laugh-out-loud funny and others are heartbreaking.

I would recommend Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? to anyone who is/was a caregiver to their elderly parents. It may offer comfort to all who are struggling to make peace with their parents and themselves.

I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker's Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists by Richard Gehr features a biographical profile of Roz Chast and provides a brief history of The New Yorker cartoon itself. How To Care for Aging Parents by Virginia Morris is a bestselling, very informative book on eldercare.


Diane said...

I'm looking forward to reading this. Thanks for sharing it.

KWFogarty said...

Thank you for sharing this book which brings a bit of humor to a difficult situation for so many of us. I'll put it on hold!