The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

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A memoir by the acclaimed author details the critical illness of her daughter, followed by the fatal coronary of her husband and her daughter's second bout with a life-threatening ailment, telling of her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400078431
Branch Call Number: 155.937 D562y 2005
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 24, 2020

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Dec 29, 2019

After the sudden death of her beloved husband, Didion begins her year of deluded thinking. She imagines he might come back, looks for omens and messages, gets sucked into the vortex of memory, unable to release innocuous mementos. She questions her past actions and decisions, looking for a different outcome. The book is full of the minutiae and self-recriminations of someone who is unable to process and move forward. Yet the progression is very relevant to anyone who has ever lost someone close through death or other means.

Oct 17, 2019

Powerful reflection by a woman who lost her husband and daughter in a one year period. Ponders the irrational behavior of the year.

Jun 30, 2019

I really enjoy re-reading anything by Joan Didion. The times she writes about are also the times in my life.

Mar 04, 2019

This book gives you a different perspective of death. Joan Didion explains the grief she went through when her husband died. She researched death and grief to try and overcome the death of her husband. She views death differently after all her researched and her own personal grief. She gives advice on how to go through grief and how to understand death as a natural thing that hurts but you could overcome.

Oct 25, 2018

I did not like this book at all. I had to force myself to keep reading and then started skimming and finally just put it away. If you like alot of name dropping (she and her husband were involved with Hollywood people) than you will love this book. Plus, she talked more about that life then being a widow. A wonderful book to read about a widower is The Widowers Notebook by Jonathan Sandleter.

Apr 08, 2018

This is a beautifully written, depressing book. Joan Didion describes the year in her life her husband dies and her daughter is struck by two different health emergencies. Although a short read, this book is heart-wrenching and raw.

Jan 30, 2018

We have been given a gift in the form of a narrative of what life is life in grief, then mourning. The pages turn quickly; the feelings are authentic and poignant.

Cynthia_N Aug 24, 2017

Beautifully written. Didion ends the year with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband having a fatal heart attack while eating dinner. The book chronicles her first year of grief.

ArapahoeStaff15 Jul 25, 2017

A moving, exceptionally-well written account of unthinkable loss.

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Jan 28, 2014

We are imperfect mortal beings aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.

Jan 28, 2014

Marriage is memory, marriage is is also paradoxically the denial of time. For forty years I saw myself through John's eyes, I did not age.


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