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Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir

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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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  • 35 of 37 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Ardsley Public Library GRAPHIC BIO CHAST (Text)
Graphic Book
31000151057976
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Bedford Free Library B CHAST (Text)
Biography
31002150639085
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Briarcliff Manor Public Library B CHAST (Text)
Biography
31036150669692
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Bronxville Public Library B CHAST (Text)
Biography
31004151384356
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Chappaqua Library ADULT GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY CHAST (Text)
Graphic Book
31005154303962
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Chappaqua Library BIOGRAPHY CHAST, ROZ (Text)
Biography
31005154289997
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Croton Free Library GRAPHIC/B CHAST (Text)
Graphic Book
31006151423027
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Dobbs Ferry Public Library B CHAST (Text)
Biography
31007151138458
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Eastchester Public Library B CHAST (Text)
Biography
31008151962046
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Greenburgh Public Library GRAPHIC B CHAST (Text)
Graphic Book
31009154133130
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