#62 — The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Rating: 3/5
  • Cites science but also draws from a deep well of self-analysis/introspection about the emotional burden of unexpectedly having to manage both her daughter’s illness and husband’s passing
  • Despite the intensity of the topic, it was pretty clinical and detached in nature, a deliberate attempt (I believe) to not be too whiny and self-pitying — there wasn’t a whole lot of emotional expression, but a thorough description of thoughts and thought process while experiencing the various stages of grief
  • This book is too depressing to like, which is not fair to the author