Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast takes an unflinching look at aging, dying and death in her illustrated memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" (Bloomsbury, $28). The book deals with the care of her parents and their things before and after they died. The 60-year-old grew up in Brooklyn, the only child of older parents.
Q: Your mother's journey was at times very entertaining. She bounced back from the brink many times. How did it make you feel about your eventual demise, mortality?