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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir (edição: 2016)

de Roz Chast (Autor)

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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 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-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" --… (mais)
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Título:Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Autores:Roz Chast (Autor)
Informação:Bloomsbury USA (2016), Edition: Reprint, 228 pages
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Another great use of the graphic novel format by a fantastic cartoonist. Like the children's book Smile, by Raina Telgemeier (which I recently read, and also loved), Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is a memoir, but this time aimed squarely at adults, and dealing with the decline and death of the author's very elderly parents. Chast's wry cartoons make some of the most painful moments the most funny, but her matter-of-fact writing style also conveys the difficult and bittersweet aspects of an experience that many baby boomers are experiencing now. So glad this one was nominated for the 2014 National Book Award, so that it caught my attention! ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
Devoured, so well done and such a good mix of horribly sad and hilarious. The drawings helped keep it from going too grim.So many people I know are going through similar situations right now, I want to give this to all of them. ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
nonfiction/graphic memoir - dealing with aging parents; caretaking; end of life care
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  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I have always loved Roz Chast's cartoons but this is the first book of hers I have read. She is very funny and honest about that portion of life taken up by the decline and death of one's parents. They were complicated, she had complicated relationships with each, she's complicated, has a complicated relationship with herself. I wish I had read this book in preparation for my mother's last years. I especially loved how she portrayed her own mixed feelings: love, yes, but also duty, the wish to get out of it, guilt, irritation, feelings of the unfairness of having to be the adult to her parents' becoming childlike (who wants to be an adult anyhow???), impatience, patience, revulsion, love, sad, angry... ...and so on.

Recommended to anyone who has parents or plans to get old.
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  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
I like having my parents in my closet. The thought of burying their cremains in an arbitrary hole in the ground does not appeal to me. We don't have a family plot, so choosing one cemetery over another seems random. Throwing their ashes off the side of a boat makes as much sense to me as tossing them in a wastebasket at Starbucks. And decanting them into a decorative urn placed on the mantelpiece in the living room is just... ugh.

My bedroom closet is not large. The clothes in it are not stylish, but they are organized by color in a way I like to look at. The shoes are on a tree, or placed in pairs on the floor. It's not a super-neat closet, but it's not messy. I think it makes a nice home for them. Every time I open its door, I see the boxes and I think of them.


I am so glad Roz Chast wrote this book, because it means I don't have to. It joins [b:Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened|17571564|Hyperbole and a Half Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened|Allie Brosh|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1409522492s/17571564.jpg|24510592], [b:Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir|12868761|Let's Pretend This Never Happened A Mostly True Memoir|Jenny Lawson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1489415716s/12868761.jpg|17995392], and [b:Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things|23848559|Furiously Happy A Funny Book About Horrible Things|Jenny Lawson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1523830369s/23848559.jpg|43075476] on my list of books that managed to make me laugh about the awful things in my life, in all our lives. It is a meditation not only on the horrible humiliation of dying, but also on the brokenness in families that can't always be mended by the end, on the helplessness of obligations that can't really be met, on the piles and piles of stuff that accumulate in the course of living, and on the horrifying expense of the final days in our lovely, youth obsessed, never-consider-the-reaper culture. The unfairness of it all is rather crushing. Fortunately, Chast is here, not to cushion the blow, but to share it. We cannot beat death, but at least we can laugh at it, and at ourselves. ( )
  amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
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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 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-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" --

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