For O, The Oprah Magazine, she named a list of books that made a difference in her life. One book on her list:
The Year of Magical ThinkingRead about another book on the list.
by Joan Didion
In this memoir about the year following her husband's death, Didion explains that she felt as if he might come back at any second, so she had to leave his shoes right where they were. I wept from beginning to end. The book reminded me of when my grandmother died. I was working, getting stuff done—but it was as if a little shroud were over my head. One day I thought, "Oh, the sky is blue." And I realized I hadn't lifted my eyes off the ground for a year.
The Year of Magical Thinking is one of Douglas Kennedy's top ten books about grief and Norris Church Mailer's five best memoirs.