Adult Book Club Discussion: "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast

Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, at 1:00 p.m.  We will be discussing the book "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast.

In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist 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 parents.

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; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An 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 shows the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.


Copies of the book are available at the Library.  Please contact the Library for meeting location.


What:  Adult Book Club
When:  Tuesday, November 15, at 1:00 p.m.
Where:  Varies (please contact the Library for location)


East Troy Lions Public Library Adult Book Club Reading List 2022 


January: Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

February:  Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
 
March:  Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

April:   The Guest List by Lucy Foley

May:    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

June:   Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

July:  Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy

August: The Little Paris Book Shop by Nina George

September:  The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

October:  The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
 
November:  Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

December:  Keeper of Lost Things - Ruth Hogan