There are many situations in life where we are torn between laughing and crying. Roz Chast captures this perfectly in her graphic memoir of dealing with her aging parents, George and Elizabeth. Her parents had met in fifth grade-they’d rarely been apart except for World War II. Death and their future was not a topic for discussion; assisted living was for other people, not them. Weren’t they always going to be together and then peacefully die in their sleep? Life is seldom like that. Chast was there to chronicle it all-a sobering story but at times very funny.
The graphic format has come of age. This was one of the nominees for the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction.