Circle Book Group

Betsy Groban's Home, Cambridge

At this meeting of the Circle Book Group, we'll discuss Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. We'll be at the home of Betsy Groban in Cambridge. Bagels, coffee & socializing at 10:15.  Please contact Betsy at or call 617-492-8634 for the address.

About this month's read:

"In her first memoir, 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 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 …” (Minuteman website summary)

There are 136 copies so far in the Minuteman Network and 45 people on the waiting list. It is a very quick read – a 228 p. graphic memoir. But it makes sense to get on the waiting list now rather than later.