Posts Tagged ‘memoir’

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Old people can be so funny. Unabashed owners of their eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, they really seem to be on to something – enjoying life. Golden years, indeed. But eventually, it all becomes a bit less fun. The body, the mind, or maybe both, grow tired. Death becomes imminent. In these twilight years, folks need help. In her memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast chronicles her parents’ decline into poorer and poorer health.

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A literary graphic novel if ever there were one, The Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes is a hybrid of sorts. Partly, it is a biography of James Joyce’s daughter Lucia, a once promising ballerina who spent the last thirty years of her life in a mental institution. But Lucia’s tragic story is told via author Mary M. Talbot’s memoir.  An account of her own childhood and relationship with her father, James S. Atherton, one of the world’s foremost Joycean scholars, the story explores Talbot’s ensuing and inevitable affinity with Lucia.

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