Like Roz Chast? Consider these two books.

by on January 27th, 2015
Like Roz Chast? Consider these two books. Cover Image

Roz Chast’s graphic memoir of taking care of her ailing parents has captured a lot of hearts in 2014. Can’t We Talking About Something More Pleasant? spent 20 weeks on the NPR Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list, and made Maureen Corrigan’s Favorite Books of 2014. Here at  the library, we could barely keep the book on the shelf and saw a surge in interest just after the New Year.


If you itching for more Chast, I have two books for you. 101 Two-Letter Words is a collaboration she did with Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields fame. Her expressive illustrations accompany the poems Merritt wrote to honor the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble. With Chast’s illustrations and Merritt’s clever songwriting abilities, the book is sure to bring a ton of smiles.



Also consider I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists by Richard Gehr. This book collects the profiles of 11 cartoonists and one “Editor with a Horn” (Lee Lorenz). The profile on Roz Chast (“The Exurban Everymom: Roz Chast”) elaborates on some of the biographical facts she illustrates in her memoir, as well as describes some very entertaining tidbits of what has shaped her life as a cartoonist. The details present a delightfully earnest look into the autobiographical elements that make her cartoons so relatable. It’s a must-read for Chast fans.

Chast also earned the honor of illustrating a Mark Strand poem the 2015 National Poetry Month poster. (Hat tip to Paul Ingram at Prairie Lights for sharing online.)


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Melody Dworak
Melody buys books for the second half of the nonfiction Dewey numbers on the 2nd floor. She has recently been bitten by the fiction bug, but loves those historical reference questions regardless. Visit the digital collections she manages at and