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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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Nov 22, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This is another eye-opener from Didion, long one of my favorites. A book-end to her "Year of Magical Thinking", this book describes the rock-strewn interior life of the aging author as she reflects on the loss of her daughter (following the loss of her husband). She finds herself now losing the good health and crystal clear thought she always enjoyed.

Joan Didion has thought through the slings and arrows most of us encounter as we age and provides something of a psychic map through the storm. Oh, good grief! There is no future to this aging business! I recommend both of these books. Totally amazing and more honest than I can be with myself, usually.

I hope a discussion group opens up on one or both of these books.

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