Not to me it didn’t. I didn’t want to read this book. People like Maria Popova and Austin Kleon recommended it and that’s usually enough for me to check a book out, but all I saw was DEATH and AGING — two things I really don’t want to think about.
But a third recommendation from Jazmine Hughes (she’s very funny) made me seek it out. And I’m glad I did. Chast’s illustrations, humor, and honesty made confronting the reality of things like aging and death easier. A pleasure even.
I felt many things while reading this book. I went from sad to tense to terrified to laughing out loud and back to sad, tense and terrified over and over again. But, Chast always made me laugh again. The book warmed my heart. I saw my own crazy family in her crazy family. Chast was as conflicted about her family as I am about mine. That was comforting. Did I mention laughing out loud while I was experiencing all of this? Because it’s worth repeating.
I don’t want to sound pushy but FIND THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK IMMEDIATELY.