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mobi ↠ Cant We Talk about Something More Pleasant ☆ à roz chast à ❴EPUB❵ ✰ Cant We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Author Roz Chast – Insolpro.co.uk #1 New York Times Bestseller2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTIn her first memoir Roz Chast brings her signature wNality 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 careAn amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storytell EDIT UPDATE 070420Dear Roz Chast I literally laughed for at least two minutes straight reading your cartoon published in the New Yorker July 6 13I want to thank you for this It's probably the first good laugh I've had since the middle of MarchYou're a gem and I appreciate what you do UPDATE 06212018I am bumping this up from three stars to five stars after a second reading Chast actually does an amazing job here The book is poignant but also funny Everyone will have to go through taking care of an elderly loved one at some point so the book is universal and will let a lot of people know that they aren't aloneIf you are fresh off the death of a parentgrandparentspouse this might be too painful to read Fair warningThe painful realization that your father no longer knows who you areThe agony of having to explain over and over again to your mom that her husband is dead and watching her cry every single timeGetting those 3AM calls from the nursing home and having to listen to your mother plead with you to let you come live at home with you even though you know that's impossible she's incontinent never sleeps and you're married with four childrenYour heart breaking as you listen to your father pray for death and ask you Why doesn't God take me? every time you see himYour parents aging and their minds and bodies failing and all the heartache that comes with it Chast takes a cold hard look at the reality while also managing to inject some humor into a devastating subjectThis is a hard book to read especially if you've experienced the subject matter firsthand but it's an important book and definitely a great one

Cant We Talk about Something More Pleasant Nality 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 careAn amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storytell EDIT UPDATE 070420Dear Roz Chast I literally laughed for at least two minutes straight reading your cartoon published in the New Yorker July 6 13I want to thank you for this It's probably the first good laugh I've had since the middle of MarchYou're a gem and I appreciate what you do UPDATE 06212018I am bumping this up from three stars to five stars after a second reading Chast actually does an amazing job here The book is poignant but also funny Everyone will have to go through taking care of an elderly loved one at some point so the book is universal and will let a lot of people know that they aren't aloneIf you are fresh off the death of a parentgrandparentspouse this might be too painful to read Fair warningThe painful realization that your father no longer knows who you areThe agony of having to explain over and over again to your mom that her husband is dead and watching her cry every single timeGetting those 3AM calls from the nursing home and having to listen to your mother plead with you to let you come live at home with you even though you know that's impossible she's incontinent never sleeps and you're married with four childrenYour heart breaking as you listen to your father pray for death and ask you Why doesn't God take me? every time you see himYour parents aging and their minds and bodies failing and all the heartache that comes with it Chast takes a cold hard look at the reality while also managing to inject some humor into a devastating subjectThis is a hard book to read especially if you've experienced the subject matter firsthand but it's an important book and definitely a great one

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Cant We Talk about Something More Pleasant? ✓ F 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 deployedWhile 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 perso OMG fantastic Wish I could give this book than 5 stars I sort of want to be a pushy bitch and talk everyone into reading this terrific graphic novelI always swore I would never read a graphic novel which goes to show never say never I’m a word person I don’t do pictures I especially don’t like cartoons I can work in an office for years and suddenly notice a huge piece of art that’s been hanging on the wall for a decade I hear words but I often don’t see the writing on the wallSo imagine my HUGE surprise when I found myself a buying an expensive hardback graphic novel b reading it and c LOVING it It’s a memoir by Roz Chast a New Yorker cartoonist who suddenly finds herself tasked with taking care of her aging parents I didn’t want to read a book with cartoons I really didn’t So I started this book kicking and screaming but in about a half a minute I was sucked in picture a huge vacuum cleaner See? See what this book has done to me? I see everything in pictures My life is now one big cartoon book Help Add picture of the famous “Scream” art piece here Okay kill the sad attempt to push the graphic thing too far Chast is a genius plain and simple She brilliantly uses cartoon people lists collages labels footnotes pie charts and photographs to tell her story The prose is straightforward and conversational but it packs a punch This book will make you laugh Chast injects humor wherever she can but it will definitely sadden you too It’s cathartic to read such an honest personal account One of her mother’s comments coated with fear was that she didn’t want to become “a piece of pulsating protoplasm” It was devastating to watch her eventually become just thatChast illustrates with heart and soul the decisions we adult kids must make the things we must witness the worry the guilt—she covers it all pours it into these pages with colorful cartoons and anguished words There are some gross details but I know from experience she could have given us a lot Thank you for your restraint dear authorThis book will stop and make you think what WILL I do when my parents can no longer take care of themselves? For the 20 30 and 40 somethings who read this book it will make you laugh but it will probably also scare the shit out of you And you might think hopefully oh this will never happen to me And maybe it won’t Maybe your parents won’t die of old age—maybe they’ll die suddenly of a heart attack for instance But believe me if your parents make it to their late 80s you will for sure be faced with some difficult decisions about their careFor you baby boomers who are about to go through it Hold onto your hats And read this book You won’t believe what a cathartic experience it is You’ll be nodding your head yes yes yes surprised that someone has been able to articulate it all so well And you’ll be awed at how brave and candid Chast is to put it all out there to tell it like it isFor those old orphans who have already suffered through the last torturous years of their parents’ lives you might like me become acutely aware of your own mortality and be rendered speechless by the realization that YOU’RE NEXT You WILL now see the writing on the wall in technicolor if you live a long life if you live to be older and wiser your reward might well be a strange Place with a hundred old dying roommates Your poor kids—they now get to be the ones to gently make you abandon your old home and life they’re the lucky ones who get to transport you into new weird and unfamiliar surroundings There you are with your uizzical clueless awkward sad and frustrated kids trying to take care of you You too might well be the piece of pulsating protoplasm that Chast’s mother feared being Damn can’t we talk about something pleasant? ebook ´ ì Roz Chast

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Roz Chast ì text #1 New York Times Bestseller2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTIn 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 parentsWhen it came to her elderly mother and father Roz held to the practices o “Do you and Roz Chast have the same mother?” That’s what my husband asked me as I read some of the passages out loud to him Yes we both grew up in Brooklyn and our mothers were both teachers And yes they each were hoarders and their trajectory followed erringly similar paths But no we are not sisters It just so happens that New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast wrote a book that any Boomer with parents who have reached advanced old age can relate to She captures the journey with precision and uncanny insightSo much of it rings true the fear and avoidance of hospitals “That’s where you go to DIE The hoarding of possessions and the days of clearing out items that make adult children shake their heads in wonder – horse head bookends Indian pottery jar lids museum of old Schick shavers The push pull of emotions “I can’t stay there I HATE it thereI’m sure they’ll be fineI have no choice I have to go” The advancing and retreating to the abyss “Where in the five stages of death is EAT TUNA SANDWICH??? The drain circling dementia The chrysalis – or withdrawal – stageEvery Boomer – who expects her parent to live forever – eventually deals with all of this if her mother reaches 90 and beyond It’s a surrealistic and lonely feeling and if you don’t laugh you’ll cry For a few wonderful hours Roz Chast made me feel as if someone else “got it” and I wasn’t so alone I can’t wait to share this book with my sister who is my companion on this journeya journey that vacillates daily between love and guilt despair and rage laughter and tears