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The Resource The year of magical thinking, Joan Didion

The year of magical thinking, Joan Didion

Label
The year of magical thinking
Title
The year of magical thinking
Statement of responsibility
Joan Didion
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
[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." -Dust jacket
Summary
An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2005.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2005.
  • National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2005.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2005
Biography type
autobiography
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162682
Cataloging source
DLC
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Didion, Joan
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3554.I33
LC item number
Z63 2005
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Didion, Joan
  • Novelists, American
  • Dunne, John Gregory
  • Novelists, American
  • Journalists
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Widows
  • Didion, Joan
  • Didion, Joan
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Grief
Target audience
adult
Label
The year of magical thinking, Joan Didion
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocm82975674
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
227 p.
Isbn
9781400078431
System control number
(OCoLC)82975674
Label
The year of magical thinking, Joan Didion
Publication
Control code
ocm82975674
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
227 p.
Isbn
9781400078431
System control number
(OCoLC)82975674

Library Locations

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