December 20, 2019

Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?

Why Don't You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? by Patricia Marx & Roz Chast
Nonfiction - Graphic Novel
2019 Celadon Books
Finished on December 17, 2019
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

Every mother knows best, but New Yorker writer Patty Marx's knows better. Patty has never been able to shake her mother's one-line witticisms from her brain, so she's collected them into a book, accompanied by full color illustrations by New Yorker staff cartoonist Roz Chast. These snappy maternal cautions include:

If you feel guilty about throwing away leftovers, put them in the back of your refrigerator for five days and then throw them out.

If you run out of food at your dinner party, the world will end.

When traveling, call the hotel from the airport to say there aren't enough towels in your room and, by the way, you'd like a room with a better view.

Why don't you write my eulogy now so I can correct it?

Meh. Marx's collection of witticisms is easily read in an afternoon, but I wound up feeling the same about her book as I did with Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant (reviewed here). Just not my cuppa.


  1. So, that may mean that I could like it since I LOVED RC's book.

    1. Ha! I thought of you as I wrote this post and thought it would be one you would like! :)

  2. I don't think this would be for me either.

    1. Kathy, I borrowed it from the library and read it in less than an hour, so it wasn't a complete waste of time or money. :)

  3. Oh, sad you didn't like it. It sounded like a book that would be great for my mood-boosting books list. But maybe not....

    1. Deb, I would still add it to your list. I'm in the minority on this one!


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