For the 2019 NEA Big Read, famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s graphic novel memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, was selected as the topic of discussion. In the book, Roz Chast’s parents were in their mid-90s, living in the same run-down Brooklyn apartment they’d been in for 48 years and where Chast grew up, when her mother’s physical health and father’s mental state necessitated a change. “Gut-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel), Chast’s memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, is a mix of four-color cartoons, family photos, sketches, found documents, and narrative storytelling that chronicles the conflicting emotions, memories, and practical challenges of her parents’ last years and passing. - NEA Big Read Discussion Guide.
Copies of the book will be available for free at all Irving Library Big Read events while supplies last.