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About the Author

Roz Chast was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 26, 1954. She received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977. Her cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. She is the author of several books show more including The Party, After You Left: Collected Cartoons 1995-2003, What I Hate: From A to Z, Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons, 1978-2006, and Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir. She has also illustrated several books including The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z by Steve Martin. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Roz Chast

The Party After You Left (2004) 162 copies
What I Hate: From A to Z (2011) 149 copies
Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear (2018) — Illustrator — 135 copies
Parallel Universes (1984) 101 copies
Unscientific Americans (1982) 86 copies
The Best American Comics 2016 (2016) — Editor — 77 copies
Mondo Boxo: Cartoon Stories (1987) 70 copies

Associated Works

Cold Comfort Farm (1932) — Cover artist, some editions — 5,662 copies
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker (2004) — Cartoonist — 1,301 copies
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them (2010) — Cover artist, some editions — 1,089 copies
You're an Animal, Viskovitz (1998) — Cover artist, some editions — 234 copies
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 223 copies
The New Yorker Book of Dog Cartoons (1992) — Contributor — 172 copies
Weird and Wonderful Words (2002) — Illustrator — 157 copies
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contributor — 114 copies
Now Everybody Really Hates Me (1993) — Illustrator — 89 copies
The Best American Comics 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 89 copies
One Bite Won't Kill You (1999) — Illustrator — 82 copies
Totally Weird and Wonderful Words (2006) — Illustrator — 72 copies
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contributor — 70 copies
101 Two-Letter Words (2014) — Illustrator — 55 copies
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Contributor — 51 copies
The New Yorker Book of Kids Cartoons (2001) — Introduction — 47 copies
Now I Will Never Leave the Dinner Table (1996) — Illustrator — 40 copies
The Joy of Being Single (1992) — Illustrator — 32 copies
The Best Contemporary Women's Humor (1994) — Contributor — 25 copies
Meet My Staff (1998) — Illustrator — 22 copies
The Joy of Worry (2004) — Illustrator — 21 copies
Rationalizations to Live By (2000) — Illustrator — 16 copies
The Joy of Being 50 Plus (1999) — Illustrator — 9 copies


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Common Knowledge



Not the funniest of Roz's, although still quite amusing, but it came with a sleep mask that says "I Must Be Dreaming" which I couldn't resist.
airgid | 3 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
Roz Chast is talented and funny. She has a definite style to both her cartoons and her humor. After reading this short “graphic novel” I have to admit that I didn’t wholeheartedly enjoy it. The comics at the beginning of the book are funnier than the later ones. I’m not sure if she ran out of material, or there just isn’t that much humor to be found in her personal dreams.

This is a book that might resonate more with some people than others, especially if your dreams are similar to Chast’s.

If you’re a Roz Chast fan, you could just take a look (while browsing in the bookstore or the library), and unless you insist on owning every copy of her published works, a quick read will suffice.
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PhyllisReads | 3 other reviews | Nov 12, 2023 |
The illustrations were colorful and fun, but the subject matter was sort of depressing. It was a good illustrated memoir with moments of humor. The subject of death can be unsettling for a lot of people, including me, but Roz Chast tackled the subject in a way that combined all the caring and humorous moments with the sad and stressful moments.
wallace2012 | 116 other reviews | Nov 4, 2023 |
Roz Chast ignores the old adage that everyone hates listening to details about the dreams of others, and convinces us that not only are hers the best dreams, but that we're so very lucky that she chose to draw and to describe them in such hilarious detail! There are recurring dreams, celebrity dreams, food dreams, body horror dreams, and, best of all, many insouciant birds. And there's basically a New Yorker cartoon on every page, even ones that were rejected. About as much fun as you can have while awake.… (more)
froxgirl | 3 other reviews | Oct 31, 2023 |



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