The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Didion's journalistic skills are displayed as never before in this story of a year in her life that began with her daughter in a medically induced coma and her husband unexpectedly dead due to a heart attack. This powerful and moving work is Didion's "attempt to make sense of the weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself." With vulnerability and passion, Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience of love and loss. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING will speak directly to anyone who has ever loved a husband, wife, or child.
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : HighBridge, p2005.
ISBN: 9781598870053
159887005X
Branch Call Number: AUDIOBK CD 813.54 DIDION J
Characteristics: 4 audio discs (5 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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joliebergman
Dec 10, 2014

A heartbreaking and beautiful story “… about the shallowness of sanity”. Both a recommended and not recommended story for anyone who has had to live a year thinking magically after losing a loved one or watched, in deafening and helpless horror, an intubated loved one from an ICU doorway - I think it all depends on the what wave of grief the reader is currently caught in. For anyone who has not experienced such a year, I think this story would serve has a nice reminder that “staying strong” during an emotional crisis is overrated and, in my personal opinion, harmful. The griever should grieve loudly, whole-heartedly, all over the place - and everyone should let them do so without judgment.

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