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Posted on: April 11, 2019

Big Read Read-Alikes

Big Read Read Alikes

If you enjoyed reading your free copy of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and are looking for another “pleasant” read, here is a list of similar, outstanding graphic novels.

Special Exits by Joyce Farmer 

Joyce Farmer's memoir chronicles the decline of the author's parents' health, their relationship with one another and with their daughter, and how they cope with the day-to-day emotional fragility of the most taxing time of their lives.

Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park by Aneurin Wright 

A powerful, superbly drawn, and deeply moving portrait of a young man coming to terms with his dy-ing father, and with his own life, as he takes care of the old man in his final months.

Aliceheimer’s by Dana Walrath

Aliceheimer's is a series of illustrated vignettes, daily glimpses into Alice’s, Dana Walrath’s mother, world with Alzheimer's.

Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher

Once a sharp, strong-willed and independent woman, Roher's grandmother's life took an unexpected turn when an accident left her with a brain injury, leading to early onset dementia. This story illuminates the often overlooked narrative of a senior, her complicated history and inner life.

Dad’s Not All There Any More by Alex Demetris

Based on his family's experience of his father's Lewy Body Dementia, Alex Demetris' comic explores with tenderness and humour one of the most common yet often unheard of types of dementia; what it is, its symptoms, living in a care home and the impact on people living with the condition and their families.

Wrinkles by Paco Roca

Admitted to a home for the elderly because he suffers from Alzheimer's disease, for Ernest community life feels like an ordeal. But soon he accepts his new environment and decides to fight to escape from giving in to his awful destiny. For the author, the human community is like a library where books are piled up in mountains populated by yellowing paper of dreams and fantasies.

Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me by Sarah Leavitt

In this powerful memoir ... Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer's disease transformed her mother, Midge, and her family forever. In spare black-and-white drawings and clear, candid prose, Sarah shares her family's journey through a ha-rowing range of emotions: shock, denial, hope, anger, frustration all the while learning to cope, and managing to find moments of happiness.


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

Irving's program partners for the NEA Big Read 2019 include Irving Public Library, Friends of the Irving Public Library, City of Irving, Whole Foods and Irving Arts Center. 

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