Joan Didion's new book The Year of Magical Thinking has been mentioned on nearly every "best" list for 2005. In the book, she chronicles the mourning time after the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. She has since also lost her daughter, and this interview in the Guardian is touched with the poignancy of grieving.
On a cheerier note: the holidays are closing in on us all and I apologize for the dearth of posts the last few days. But life is good in the library during Christmas week. We are inundated with cookies, chocolates, and other goodies of all kinds, healthy and otherwise! Thanks to our most thoughtful patrons. It's our privilege to serve you.