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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 01 edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608198065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608198061
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By turns grim and absurd, deeply poignant and laugh-out-loud funny. Ms. Chast reminds us how deftly the graphic novel can capture ordinary crises in ordinary American lives. (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times)

A tour de force of dark humor and illuminating pathos about her parents' final years as only this quirky genius of pen and ink could construe them. (Elle)

An achievement of dark humor that rings utterly true. (Washington Post)

One of the major books of 2014 . . . Moving and bracingly candid . . . This is, in its original and unexpected way, one of the great autobiographical memoirs of our time. (Buffalo News)

Better than any book I know, this extraordinarily honest, searing and hilarious graphic memoir captures (and helps relieve) the unbelievable stress that results when the tables turn and grown children are left taking care of their parents. . . [A] remarkable, poignant memoir. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Very, very, very funny, in a way that a straight-out memoir about the death of one's elderly parents probably would not be . . . Ambitious, raw and personal as anything she has produced. (New York Times)

Devastatingly good . . . Anyone who has had Chast's experience will devour this book and cling to it for truth, humor, understanding, and the futile wish that it could all be different. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

Gut-wrenching and laugh-aloud funny. I want to recommend it to everyone I know who has elderly parents, or might have them someday. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Joins Muriel Spark's Memento Mori, William Trevor's The Old Boys, and Kingsley Amis's Ending Up in the competition for the funniest book about old age I've ever read. It is also heartbreaking. (Barnes & Noble Review)

Chast tackles those intimate and difficult changes with just the same humor and honesty as everything else. Readers who are starting to transition from children to caretakers of their own parents will find comfort in Chast's work, and almost anyone can appreciate the pleas to talk about something more pleasant with your family. (Paste, 10 Comics to Help You Escape (or Appreciate) Your Family this Holiday Season)

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Something completely new from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, a graphic memoir that walks the line between poignancy and humor as she tells the personal story of her parents' final years.

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