The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking Published 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf, 228p   Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Joan Didion writes on the first page of her book, an honest and vibrant autobiography written… Continue reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

The Dead Bird: a heartwarming story that illustrates death as a natural stage in our lives, reiterating the idea that children need to be told the truth and not to be offered unrealistic explanations about loss

Margaret Wise Brown, The Dead Bird. Pictures by Christian Robinson Published 2016 by Harper, 32p Written in 1938, first published in 1958 after Margaret Wise Brown’s death, reissued in 2016 this picture book is a classic. Some might consider the story inappropriate for children as it deals with death and we want the little ones to feel… Continue reading The Dead Bird: a heartwarming story that illustrates death as a natural stage in our lives, reiterating the idea that children need to be told the truth and not to be offered unrealistic explanations about loss

H is for Hawk, a complex, remarkable memoir on grief, wilderness and nature

Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk Published 2014 by Jonathan Cape , 300p H is for Hawk is breathtaking. So lyrical and honest, so unexpected and so intense. I didn’t know much on falconry or on hawks before reading the book and I must admit that I had my suspicions regarding its content but it… Continue reading H is for Hawk, a complex, remarkable memoir on grief, wilderness and nature