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

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  • 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 612.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,384 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)

Revelatory. So many have faced (or will face) the situation that the author details, but no one could render it like she does. A top-notch graphic memoir that adds a whole new dimension to readers' appreciation of Chast and her work. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

Chast is at the top of her candid form, delivering often funny, trenchant, and frequently painful revelations -- about human behavior, about herself -- on every page. (David Small, author of Stitches)

Roz Chast squeezes more existential pain out of baffled people in cheap clothing sitting around on living-room sofas with antimacassar doilies in crummy apartments than Dostoevsky got out of all of Russia's dark despair. This is a great book in the annals of human suffering, cleverly disguised as fun. (Bruce McCall, author of Bruce McCall's Zany Afternoons)

It is in that sense of having 'nailed it' - of providing a detailed, funny, heart breaking and true description of what it is like to care for and lose elderly patients - that this book will find its greatest impact. As points for discussion and for reflection, and as a means of reassurance, this work will offer to many the validation and support of their imperfect roles as imperfect caregivers. It is a great resource. (Kenneth Rockwood, University of Manchester, UK Age and Ageing 2014-09-17)

Never has the abyss of dread and grief been plumbed to such incandescently hilarious effect. The lines between laughter and hysteria, despair and rage, love and guilt, are quavery indeed, and no one draws them more honestly, more . . . unscrimpingly, than Roz Chast. (Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home)

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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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