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The year of magical thinking

Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
Series: Book club kit.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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[In this book, the author] explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage - and a life, in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Didion, Joan.
Year of magical thinking.
New York : A.A. Knopf, ©2005
(OCoLC)607591267
Named Person: Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; Joan Didion; Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; Joan Didion; John Gregory Dunne; JOAN 2 NOVELISTS AMERICAN--20TH CENTURY--FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS 3 DUNNE JOHN GREGORY DIDION; John Gregory Dunne
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Didion
ISBN: 140004314X 9781400043149 0739469673 9780739469675 9781400078431 1400078431
OCLC Number: 58563131
Awards: National Book Award, Nonfiction, 2005.
Description: 227 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Book club kit.
Responsibility: Joan Didion.
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[In this book, the author] explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage - and a life, in good times and bad - that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later - the night before New Year's Eve - the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This ... book 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."--Jacket.

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Joan Didion "The Year of Magical Thinking"

by marisha924 (WorldCat user published 2018-10-29) Very Good Permalink

I wish I came across this book when it was written, not some 15 years later.

I suffered from loss of my mother, was overwhelmed with grief, and could not share these feelings and thoughts with my close family or friends.

I feel now like I am sharing these feelings with someone who can...
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Didion is "one heck of a writer"!

by saxton (WorldCat user published 2006-04-15) Very Good Permalink
This book showed up on countless best of 2005 lists. Having lost my father in May of 2005 I hesitated to read the book. Finally, I decided to read it to see if perhaps there was something in Didion's story that might help my mother in her grief over the loss of her husband.Joan Didion starts her book:"Life...
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Joan Didion Deals with Death

by ricklibrarian (WorldCat user published 2006-03-25) Excellent Permalink
"You sit down to dinner, and life as you know it ends."On December 30, 2003, as she sat down to dinner, just after visiting her comatose daughter Quintana in the hospital, Joan Didion saw her husband John Gregory Dunne fall over as he suffered a massive heart attack. The questions began. Was it really...
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