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August Book Group Discussion: Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations & Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

“How brown is too brown?” “Can Indians be racist?” “What does real love between really different people look like?” 

Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love.  

Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.  


Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant by Roz Chast

In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives , the story is told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative. 

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: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. 


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August 25
10:00 am - 11:00 am