The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. I'll keep my comments sparse since it seems like we'll discuss it thoroughly in our book club later on in 2006. I will say this, though: it's one of the most hauntingly beautiful, sad, and profound books I've read in a long time. Ms. Didion sure has a way with words, and the intensely personal subject matter only makes it more intriguing and beautiful. Powerful, powerful stuff.