Book Review: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Looking for your next read? Check out Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Michael S.

February is National Senior Independence Month - what better way to honor this month than to read Roz Chast’s autobiographical graphic work on the last years of her elderly parent’s lives?

The author, a longtime New Yorker cartoonist, is famous for her neurotic characters, “shaky” pencil drawings and spot on observations about family, friends, pets, fears and life’s daily struggles. Here she recounts her efforts to take care of her elderly parents as their minds and bodies slowly deteriorate. And while dealing with sad subject matter (the inevitable decline of our parents), much of it is laugh out loud funny and filled with situations and dialogue most of us with parents can identify with. As an only child, she bears the brunt of her parents wellbeing, all while trying to be patient with their annoying habits, fears and repetitive questions. The title is taken from her parent’s response any time Roz asks them difficult questions (e.g. Do you have a will? Have you thought about where you will live when you can no longer care for yourself? What kind of funeral do you want? etc.)

The writer sensitively handles a difficult situation and brings comfort to anyone who finds themselves in similar shoes.

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