Plainsboro Library Book Club
Our book club is open to all. We aren’t tied to a specific theme, and have read everything from nonfiction, memoirs, thrillers, literary fiction, and even a little bit of horror!
We generally meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the History Room, though check the website just in case there’s been a rare change in the schedule.
Book Club Selection: Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 7:00 to 8:15pm
Location: 2nd Floor—History Room
Copies of the book are available for borrowing. Please inquire at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. Come to the meeting even if you haven’t finished the book.
|In 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 parents.
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of 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 deployed.
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 parents; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
– From Goodreads.com