"She ventured to hope he did not always read only poetry..."
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Can't We Please Talk About Something More Pleasant?
I think I know my son's tastes pretty well, but I was utterly surprised by the book he's currently obsessed with: Roz Chast's memoir "Can't We Please Talk About Something More Pleasant?" I don't think this was intended for a 10-year-old. It's an account told mostly through drawings of the last years of her parents' lives and of Chast's own efforts to care for them, clean out their apartment, move them to a care facility, etc.
N. had read an excerpt in the New Yorker and begged to get a copy of the book. I can't really explain why he likes it so much and I have to wait my turn to read it! But I think he likes the tragicomic tone, and Chast's wry drawings.