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What John Gregory Dunne Said on the Night Before He Died.

In Joan Didion’s haunting memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, she recounts her experiences in the year after her husband John Gregory Dunne died, and the year her daughter Quintana died. She writes that the night Dunne died, or the night before: “‘He said that his current piece in The New York Review, a review of Gavin Lambert’s biography of …


“When My Mother Died, She Basically Told Me To Try to Enjoy My Life More.”

Happiness interview: Meghan O’Rourke. Meghan O’Rourke is a writer in many incarnations — an essayist, poet, critic, and editor. I got to know Meghan during the time that this blog appeared on Slate , and I was very eager to get my hands on her new book. The Long Goodbye is a memoir of her mother’s death from cancer in …


“I Place a High Value on These Black Market Pearls of Wisdom.”

Happiness interview: Natalie Taylor. Natalie Taylor has written a wonderful, moving memoir, Signs of Life. When she was 24 years old and five-months pregnant, Natalie’s husband Josh died in a skateboarding accident, and her book describes what she went through over the next few years. I really loved this book. One of my happiness-project resolutions is to Read memoirs of …