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


Roz Chast has experienced something that many Americans have experienced; caring for aging parents as they lived through their final days on earth. But Chast is different from the majority of Americans in that she is an incredibly gifted long-time staff cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine. So when Chast decided to write a memoir about the things she recalled about her parents and their final days she was able to depict those moments in graphic novel form.

Her parents had been inseparable. They had lived in the same apartment in Brooklyn for many years.  The author describes the journey that took her back to Brooklyn to look in on them. This memoir is a loving, tender, and profoundly touching tribute to her mother and father. There are moments of sadness and wry humor here. Her prose is powerful. Her cartoons are priceless.

Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.