The Year Of Magical Thinking
ISBN: 140004314X
EAN13: 9781400043149
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 4, 2005
Pages: 227
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.7" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.

This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won't when it happens to you . . .

Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times called the memoir that was the basis for the play, an indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage.

The first theatrical production of The Year of Magical Thinking opened at the Booth Theatre on March 29, 2007, starring Vanessa Redgrave and directed by David Hare.

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5
   Beautifully written book on a difficult subject
I have read this book many times and never tire of it. She writes about crazy widows, especially those whose husbands die suddenly. I love Joan Didion, but this book was my favorite.
 
5
   One of the best books about how grief changes you
The way that loss changes you is a wonderful description of how grief can change you. I gave the book to friends when they suffered a loss, and it was meaningful to me. Didion experienced it all, and only one who has gone through a period of grief can fully relate to another.
 
3
   Leaving the Life by Patrick McKenna Lynch Smith was much better
I was widowed like Didion. I was searching for something to relate to while reading this book. The parts are well written. I didn't think it was well crafted, and it ended in the air. The story of her journey is confused by her daughter's illness, which is unresolved by the end of the book. Leaving the Life A true story of love, loss and gratitude is a book I just read. His story was well written and compelling. It was interesting that it was written from a man's point of view. I couldn't put it down.
 
4
   A compelling account of personal grief.
I bought this book for a relative who recently lost their spouse. I decided to read it to see if it was a good gift. I found a well written memoir that spoke to both the author's personal experience and the psychological research that she did to understand her feelings. It captures the sense of disbelief and irrational thought that follows a loss. I was comforted by it, and I think it will help people in similar situations to feel better. I'll be passing it along. It's worth a read.
 
5
   Magical
Like Ms. Didion, my life changed instantly. Everything since has been tears and gut punches. Her truth is so profoundly and perfectly mine, that she is that friend on a long walk saying all the right things at the right times. The silences in this book are lovely. I know what it's like to grieve. Ms. Didion allowed me to see it at its most realistic state.
 
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   Esoteric
Not my kind of book! I lost my wife in April and am looking for books about grieving. This is not one of them. There is too much about her daughter and the events on the night her husband died to help the reader grieve. She didn't relate to her journey after John's death. I'm going to read other books.
 
2
   Self Serving
Joan Didion is an excellent writer. The book was written for Joan Didion to get over her grief. Ms Didion had money, friends with private jets, access to doctors, and friends with extra houses to help her through her sad situation. The woman can name them. Joan Didion should have thought twice before publishing the book because I hope it brought her some peace and closure.
 
5
   Joan Didion’s Master Work on Grief
One of the best books about grief ever written. Ten years ago, I read it and bought it for a relative who was suddenly widowed. She said it made her feel better.
 
2
   depressing
I thought this book would be helpful as I am grieving myself. Not much. She gave some insight into what grieving people go through but it was too heavy for me.
 
5
   As someone who believes that "honesty" is the one essential quality every piece of great writing has in common
After forty years of marriage, Joan Didion lost her husband, John Gregory Dunne. Mrs. Didion believes that honesty is the most important quality of great writing, and that's why she's hit the ball out of the park. Her writing is compelling and honest. This is not the type of book I would recommend to others. If one is in a happy mood or chronically depressed, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone. Sometimes it's better not to disturb one's peace of mind when it's a heart wrenching story.
 
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