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Book Club for Mortals: The Year of Magical Thinking

Book Club for Mortals: The Year of Magical Thinking In-Person / Online

From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion that 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.

About Book Club for Mortals at the Estes Valley Library

This is a book club that focuses on end-of-life issues and our shared mortality. We read a different book each month, and titles range from the practical to the philosophical, and the serious to the lighthearted, both fiction and nonfiction. This is not a grief or bereavement group, but a space to have open, honest, thoughtful conversations about interesting books and ideas. Discussions are led by Mindy Rickard, advance care planning advisor and longtime Book Club for Mortals host. The book club meets on the second Thursday of each month, through December. Each meeting covers a different book.

More about this program

We will make five copies of the book available for participants to read and keep, on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like a book, please indicate that when you register, and we'll follow up within 72 hours (likely sooner!). By registering and claiming a book, you are committing to attend the book discussion.

We will also make copies available for checkout at the first floor service desk, and you can search our collection for additional copies and formats (eBook, audiobook, large print, etc.).

Registrants should receive a reminder email with the Zoom webinar link approximately one hour before the program starts. If you didn't receive the email or are having trouble connecting to the webinar, please call the Library at 970-586-8116 and someone will assist you.

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Thursday, August 8, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada
Wasson Board Room
Eric White
Mindy Rickard
  Adults (18+)  

Registration is required. There are 9 in-person seats available. There are 11 online seats available.