It starts off with a mother and father returning home from visiting their daughter in the hospital. During dinner that night, the father dies form a massive coronary. And then the daughter dies. Thus begins Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking - one of ten books I received Christmas 2007 and the first one I’m reading. I discovered Joan Didion on Charlie Rose and was intrigued by the relationship between the books title and its topic and I love stores about loss because they're never about loss, but survival.