Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant  Book
Score: 4
From 63 Ratings

Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant


  • Author : Roz Chast
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2014-05-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781620406380

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Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant Excerpt :

#1 New York Times Bestseller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 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. 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 and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; 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 will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant  Book
Score: 4
From 63 Ratings

Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant


  • Author : Roz Chast
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2014-05-06
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN 10 : 1608198065

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Can t We Talk about Something More Pleasant Excerpt :

#1 New York Times Bestseller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 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. 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 and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; 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 will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

Going into Town Book
Score: 4
From 13 Ratings

Going into Town


  • Author : Roz Chast
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 177
  • ISBN 10 : 9781632869784

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The Washington Post "10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year" New York magazine "The Year's Most Giftable Coffee-Table Books" Newsday "Best Fall Books" The Verge "10 Best Comics of the Year" Oklahoman "Best Graphic Novels of the Year" Winner of the New York City Book Award From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast, an "absolutely laugh-out-loud hysterical" (AP) illustrated ode/guide/thank-you to Manhattan. New Yorker cartoonist and NYT bestselling author Roz Chast, native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan--the daily clash of sidewalk racers and dawdlers, the fascinating range of dress codes, and the priceless, nutty outbursts of souls from all walks of life. For Chast, adjusting to life outside the city was surreal (you can own trees!? you have to drive!?), but she recognized that the reverse was true for her kids. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange visual world of Manhattan--its blackened sidewalk gum wads, "those West Side Story–things" (fire escapes)--its crazily honeycombed systems and grids. Told through Chast's singularly zany, laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons, Going into Town is part New York stories (the "overheard and overseen" of the island borough), part personal and practical guide to walking, talking, renting, and venting--an irresistible, one-of-a-kind love letter to the city.

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time


  • Author : Patricia Marx
  • Publisher : Celadon Books
  • Release Date : 2020-01-14
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250225122

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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time Excerpt :

The perfect Valentine’s Day or anniversary gift: An illustrated collection of love and relationship advice from New Yorker writer Patricia Marx, with illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Everyone’s heard the old advice for a healthy relationship: Never go to bed angry. Play hard to get. Sexual favors in exchange for cleaning up the cat vomit is a good and fair trade. Okay, not that last one. It’s one of the tips in You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time: Rules for Couples by the authors of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It: A Mother’s Suggestions. This guide will make you laugh, remind you why your relationship is better than everyone else’s, and solve all your problems. Nuggets of advice include: If you must breathe, don’t breathe so loudly. It is easier to stay inside and wait for the snow to melt than to fight about who should shovel. Queen-sized beds, king-sized blankets. Why not give this book to your significant or insignificant other, your anti-Valentine’s Day crusader pal, or anyone who can’t live with or without love?

Around the Clock Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Around the Clock


  • Author : Roz Chast
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-01-13
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442496897

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This wacky romp from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast includes entertaining antics for every hour, on the hour. Counting time has never been so fun! From 12 to 1, Lynn eats baloney With her imaginary friend, Tony. From 1 to 2, in his fanciest pants, Don is digging a hole to France. Do you ever wonder what your friends, enemies, brothers, sisters, and children are doing in the hours when you’re not there? This kooky twenty-four-hour tour of a day in the life of twenty-three different children will reveal answers from the absurd…to the hilarious…to the absurdly hilarious! Beloved New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is at her finest in this picture book brimming with her trademark stamp of zany humor.

The Theft of Memory Book
Score: 3.5
From 31 Ratings

The Theft of Memory


  • Author : Jonathan Kozol
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771050541

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National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol is best known for his fifty years of work among our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable children. Now, in the most personal book of his career, he tells the story of his father’s life and work as a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain and his astonishing ability, at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, to explain the causes of his sickness and then to narrate, step-by-step, his slow descent into dementia. Dr. Harry Kozol was born in Boston in 1906. Classically trained at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, he was an unusually intuitive clinician with a special gift for diagnosing interwoven elements of neurological and psychiatric illnesses in highly complicated and creative people. “One of the most intense relationships of his career,” his son recalls, “was with Eugene O’Neill, who moved to Boston in the last years of his life so my father could examine him and talk with him almost every day.” At a later stage in his career, he evaluated criminal defendants including Patricia Hearst and the Boston Strangler, Albert H. DeSalvo, who described to him in detail what was going through his mind while he was killing thirteen women. But The Theft of Memory is not primarily about a doctor’s public life. The heart of the book lies in the bond between a father and his son and the ways that bond intensified even as Harry’s verbal skills and cogency progressively abandoned him. “Somehow,” the author says, “all those hours that we spent trying to fathom something that he wanted to express, or summon up a vivid piece of seemingly lost memory that still brought a smile to his eyes, left me with a deeper sense of intimate connection with my father than I’d ever felt before.” Lyrical and stirring, The Theft of Memory is at once a tender tribute to a father from his son and a richly colored portrait of a devoted doctor who lived more than a century.

Red Rock Baby Candy Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

Red Rock Baby Candy


  • Author : Shira Spector
  • Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
  • Release Date : 2021-03-23
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683964049

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Red Rock Baby Candy Excerpt :

Shira Spector, whose drawing is visceral, symbolic and naturalistic, literally paints a vivid portrait of the most eventful 10 years of her life, encompassing her tenacious struggle to get pregnant, the emotional turmoil of her father’s cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and her recollections of past relationships with her parents and her partner. Set in a kaleidoscope of Montreal and Toronto, Red Rock Baby Candy begins in subtle, tonal shades of black ink and introduces color slowly over the next 50 pages until it explodes into a glorious full color palette. The visual storytelling eschews traditional comics panels in favor of a series of unique page compositions that convey both a stream of consciousness and the tactile reality of life, both the subjective impressions of the author at each moment of the life she depicts and the objective series of events that shape her narrative.

What I Hate Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

What I Hate


  • Author : Roz Chast
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
  • Release Date : 2011-10-11
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 1608196895

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What I Hate Excerpt :

A cartoon alphabet of aversions is comprised of entries about objects and events the author hates, and includes such despised horrors as rabies, triple-layered Jell-O, and premature burial.

Special Exits Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Special Exits


  • Author : Joyce Farmer
  • Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
  • Release Date : 2014-08-03
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN 10 : 9781606997604

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Joyce Farmer's memoir chronicles the decline of the author's parents' health, their relationship with one another and with their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives. Joyce Farmer, best known for co-creating the Tits 'n Clits comics anthology in the 1970s, a feminist response to the rampant misogyny in underground comix, spent 11 years crafting Special Exits, a graphic memoir in the vein of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home or Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, and Frank Stack's Our Cancer Year, about caring for her dying father and stepmother.

Why Don t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It  Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Why Don t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It


  • Author : Patricia Marx
  • Publisher : Celadon Books
  • Release Date : 2019-04-02
  • Genre: Humor
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250301970

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Why Don t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It Excerpt :

The perfect Mother's Day gift: A collection of witty one-line advice New Yorker writer Patricia Marx heard from her mother, accompanied by full-color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast. Every mother knows best, but New Yorker writer Patty Marx's knows better. Patty has never been able to shake her mother's one-line witticisms from her brain, so she's collected them into a book, accompanied by full color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast. These snappy maternal cautions include: If you feel guilty about throwing away leftovers, put them in the back of your refrigerator for five days and then throw them out. If you run out of food at your dinner party, the world will end. When traveling, call the hotel from the airport to say there aren't enough towels in your room and, by the way, you'd like a room with a better view. Why don't you write my eulogy now so I can correct it? Every child will want to buy this for mom on Mother's Day!

No Fair  No Fair   And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

No Fair No Fair And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood


  • Author : Calvin Trillin
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2016-09-27
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545825795

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No Fair No Fair And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood Excerpt :

The first children's poetry collection by award-winning writer Calvin Trillin -- illustrated by acclaimed illustrator Roz Chast! "I know this shot will guard me from the measles and the mumps -- Diseases that could leave me with two different kinds of lumps. I'm glad the stuff that's in the shot will keep me safe from harm, But can't they put the needle into someone else's arm? If so, my older sister is the person I'd prefer. Could Jenny get this shot for me? I've done so much for her." Get ready to laugh out loud with Calvin Trillin's first collection of poems for children (and nearby grown-ups). Enjoy the whimsical cartoon illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Roz Chast as you find out if Justin is "the awfulest kid in the class," if there's anything that Matt won't eat, and if you can send back a new baby brother. Inspired by some of Calvin Trillin's real-life experiences, No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood celebrates the humor of familiar everyday topics.

Passing for Human Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

Passing for Human


  • Author : Liana Finck
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525508939

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A visually arresting graphic memoir about a young artist struggling against what’s expected of her as a woman, and learning to accept her true self, from an acclaimed New Yorker cartoonist. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Guardian • New York • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews In this achingly beautiful graphic memoir, Liana Finck goes in search of that thing she has lost—her shadow, she calls it, but one might also think of it as the “otherness” or “strangeness” that has defined her since birth, that part of her that has always made her feel as though she is living in exile from the world. In Passing for Human, Finck is on a quest for self-understanding and self-acceptance, and along the way she seeks to answer some eternal questions: What makes us whole? What parts of ourselves do we hide or ignore or chase away—because they’re embarrassing, or inconvenient, or just plain weird—and at what cost? Passing for Human is what Finck calls “a neurological coming-of-age story”—one in which, through her childhood, human connection proved elusive and her most enduring relationships were with plants and rocks and imaginary friends; in which her mother was an artist whose creative life had been stifled by an unhappy first marriage and a deeply sexist society that seemed expressly designed to snuff out creativity in women; in which her father was a doctor who struggled in secret with the guilt of having passed his own form of otherness on to his daughter; and in which, as an adult, Finck finally finds her shadow again—and, with it, her true self. Melancholy and funny, personal and surreal, Passing for Human is a profound exploration of identity by one of the most talented young comic artists working today. Part magical odyssey, part feminist creation myth, this memoir is, most of all, an extraordinary, moving meditation on what it means to be an artist and a woman grappling with the desire to pass for human. Praise for Passing for Human

And Now I Spill the Family Secrets Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

And Now I Spill the Family Secrets


  • Author : Margaret Kimball
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2021-04-20
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 291
  • ISBN 10 : 9780063068285

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And Now I Spill the Family Secrets Excerpt :

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2021 List in Comics. 2021 Top of the List Graphic Novel Pick In the spirit of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Margaret Kimball’s AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS begins in the aftermath of a tragedy. In 1988, when Kimball is only four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother’s Day—and this becomes one of many things Kimball’s family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades. Using old diary entries, hospital records, home videos, and other archives, Margaret pieces together a narrative map of her childhood—her mother’s bipolar disorder, her grandmother’s institutionalization, and her brother’s increasing struggles—in an attempt to understand what no one likes to talk about: the fractures in her family. Both a coming-of-age story about family dysfunction and a reflection on mental health, AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS is funny, poignant, and deeply inspiring in its portrayal of what drives a family apart and what keeps them together.

The Art of the Graphic Memoir Book

The Art of the Graphic Memoir


  • Author : Tom Hart
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release Date : 2018-11-06
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250113351

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The Art of the Graphic Memoir Excerpt :

#1 New York Times bestselling author and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart has written a poignant and instructive guide for all aspiring graphic memoirists detailing the tenets of artistry and story-telling inherent in the medium. Hart examines what makes a graphic memoir great, and shows you how to do it. With two dozen professional examples and a deep-dive into his own story, Hart encourages readers to hone their signature style in the best way to represent their journeys on the page. With clear examples and visual aids, The Art of the Graphic Memoir is emotive, creative, and accessible. Whether you're a comics fan, comic book creator, memoirist, biographer or autobiographer, there’s something inside for everyone.

The Limbo Lounge Book

The Limbo Lounge


  • Author : David Calver
  • Publisher : IDW Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-01-10
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781684063277

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The Limbo Lounge Excerpt :

An original graphic novel where newly dead people in Limbo await their fate at a bar while surrounded by bored interlopers from hell. This trippy, surreal, full-color adventure brings us from the hot, swirling sands of hell to the colorfully bizarre Limbo Lounge. Meet flower-headed freaks, Bud and Lou. Root for their new friend, a spry, elderly nun, Sister Eunice, as she works remotely in Limbo continuing to rid earth of despicable dirt bags. And, by all means, avoid the knife-wielding little pageant-princess-gone-bad as she plots for anything she can get at anyone's expense. The Limbo Lounge is the auspicious debut of a line of Yoe Books graphic novels.