Morning Coffee Book Club @ The WMML
- Date: 03/21/2018 10:00 AM
- Location: Welwood Murray Memorial Library - Cornelia White Community Room
100 S. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, California 92262
Morning Coffee Book Club
Read on the Edge with the Morning Coffee Book Club. Join us for a discussion of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion at 10:00 a.m. in the Cornelia White Community Room at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library.
The Morning Coffee Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library and is open to everyone. Members of the club read the selected book for the month, then join in lively discussions. Please click here to see a list of future selections for the Morning Coffee Book Club.
Refreshments are generously provided by Aspen Mills Bakery. Thank you, Aspen Mills!
March 21, 2018
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion**
—Winner of the National Book Award
From one of America’s iconic writers, comes a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage—and a life, in good times and bad—that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later—the night before New Year’s Eve—the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma.
This powerful book is Didion’s attempt to make sense of the “weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.”