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Author Chast, Roz, author, artist
Title Can't we talk about something more pleasant? / Roz Chast
Imprint New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
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 人文社會聯圖  NC1429.C525 A2 2014    AVAILABLE    30610020462081
Edition First United States edition
Descript 228 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 25 cm
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Note 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
Introduction -- Beginning of the end -- Return to the fold -- Elder lawyer -- Galapagos -- Fall -- Maimonides -- Sundowning -- End of an era -- Move -- Old apartment -- Place -- Next step -- Kleenex abounding -- Postmortem -- Elizabeth, alone -- Bedtime stories -- Chrysalis -- End -- Epilogue
Subject Chast, Roz -- Family -- Comic books, strips, etc
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- 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
Adult children of aging parents -- Biography
Caregivers -- Biography
Dementia -- Patients -- Family relationships -- Comic books, strips, etc
Aging parents -- Care -- United States -- Comic books, strips, etc
Graphic novels
Graphic novels -- United States
Wit and humor, Pictorial
Comic books, strips, etc
Aged -- Comic books, strips, etc
Alt Title Can't we talk about something more pleasant? : a memoir
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