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19. The Year Of Magical Thinking
Coping with the sudden death of her husband — while her daughter fights for her life in a hospital, no less — Joan Didion describes her grief, her terror, her tears, her disbelief, so vividly we feel as if we’re are somehow in her skin. Loss is different for everyone but there are common threads that when pulled, deepen our experiences with others whose lives will never be the same. Deeply poignant and relatable, Didion’s book has become a veritable primer for how to deal with death and all that follows.