Women rush to read the bible of all pregnancy books, What To Expect When You’re Expecting, when they become pregnant.
Well, I’ve discovered the bible for the other big life stage. The one nobody wants to talk about, or think about, much less spend precious free time reading about. Yep, that’s old age and all the scary things that come with it.
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, is marvelous and should be required reading for everyone (in my humble opinion). She mixes humor with the painful realities that come with caring for older parents. And, in the process, she makes you feel less alone and less incompetent at a job that comes with no training manual.
And, don’t just take my word for the power of this book. Last evening I attended a book reading by Roz Chast, which felt more like a revival meeting at times. I was waiting for the audience — of Baby Boomers and beyond who all had personal experience with the subject — to start chanting amen after hearing one of her wise and witty readings.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book or if you have any other recommendations.