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November 26, 2005

43 Down, 9 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

In In The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion struggles to understand the grief she feels in the year after her husband passes, all the while dealing with her daughter's serious medical issues. Didion approaches her feelings analytically, and has produced one of the best books on grief that I have ever read. Didion draws on medical studies and personal anecdotes in her writing, but her personal experience and razor-sharp prose make the book stand out among this year's releases. Having lost both my father and father-in-law, I both appreciated and was enlightened by this book, and will recommend it to everyone I know dealing with the loss of a loved one.

My next book is the graphic novel, Black Hole, by Charles Burns.

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