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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

spring22, November 11, 2014

Roz Chast has either been spying on my family or she has exquisitely rendered, in drawings and prose, the heart-wrenching, maddening, impossibly hard experience of an elderly parent's decline and death. Her cartoons are familiar to many from "The New Yorker" magazine, and they often strike a note of shared understanding. I devoured in one sitting her documentation of dealing with her elderly parents' final years in this miraculous book. If you are of the generation of grown children now finding themselves parenting their parents, this book will make you laugh, cry, and cope.
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Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
Lost Memory of Skin

spring22, January 30, 2013

Russell Banks gives us a convicted sex offender with whom we not only identify, but sympathize. The Kid is a memorable character in a rich and detailed novel, and against all odds, we root for his redemption. His story is gritty, sad, luckless, haunting, and sometimes pathetic, but we never lose the sense of his very real humanity. Like all of us, the Kid searches for love, touch, acceptance, and meaning in a cold and uncooperative world, and amongst surprising supporting characters. As someone who works with convicted sex offenders, I can attest that the real offenders in life are not always the convicted ones. "Lost Memory of Skin" is true to the plight of the new lepers among us.
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Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 by Moshe Kasher
Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

spring22, July 7, 2012

The author is a stand-up comic who turns a bit serious in documenting a childhood divided between a feminist mom on the west coast and an orthodox Jewish father on the east coast. Oh, and both of his parents are deaf. This is an adolescent's tale of feeling always like the "other", which leads him to explore various escape routes into comedy, gang life, and drug and alcohol addiction. The author seems to have made it through the worst, but here's hoping for a sequel, as the book, just like life, offers no neatly tied-up, happy ending.
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Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 by Moshe Kasher
Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

spring22, July 7, 2012

The author is a stand-up comic who turns a bit serious in documenting a childhood divided between a feminist mom on the west coast and an orthodox Jewish father on the east coast. Oh, and both of his parents are deaf. This is an adolescent's tale of feeling always like the "other", which leads him to explore various escape routes into comedy, gang life, and drug and alcohol addiction. The author seems to have made it through the worst, but here's hoping for a sequel, as the book, just like life, offers no neatly tied-up, happy ending.
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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
Blue Nights

spring22, January 1, 2012

I read it in one sitting - any mother whose heart has ever hurt over a despondent, conflicted daughter will feel this book deeply. No one writes with more relentless, unblinking clarity than Joan Didion.
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