Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Laughing and crying at the same time is such a strange sensation. The emotions that have to come into play to make that happen are SO intense and layered. It's very surreal.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant made me laugh so hard I actually cried -- several times. This bittersweet memoir about her aging parents by cartoonist Roz Chast, was just really funny and sad and hilarious and beautifully told. I love her scratchy art and hand-written text telling stories about her mom and dad ... because it packs the cartooning/story-telling down into a whole deeper way personal-feeling level.

I love it for its frankness, for its sharing of the hard stuff that aging somehow has become for many folks. It's hard to watch ones' parents age; and in America we've been taught it's preferable to spread the family out; and with the need for two incomes to pay the bills, it's not convenient or easy having parents/grandparents return to live in the same house when they are aged and infirm because of the 24-hour care needed. It's a bittersweet memoir, and so worth reading.

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