Off the Stacks is a weekly-ish feature where I highlight a nonfiction book I’m excited about but may not get to read any time soon. I’m hoping that by highlighting titles this way, I can encourage other people to give the book a try, and, if it’s great, consider nominating it later this year for the Indie Lit Awards. Consider these books stamped with the “Sophisticated Dorkiness Seal of Curious Approval.”
Title: Blue Nights
Author: Joan Didion
Nonfiction Type: Memoir
Topics Covered: Loss of a child, aging
What It’s About: Following in the wake of Joan Didion’s first memoir of grief, The Year of Magical Thinking, Blue Nights is about the loss of her daughter, Quintana Roo, and Didion’s “thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.”
Why I Want to Read It: The Year of Magical Thinking is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful book, and I think it’s impossible to think about Blue Nights without being reminded of that piece. I mean, even the covers are designed the same way. I am a little nervous about possibly reading this one, nervous that the comparison to a previous book might be too much for it to hold up to, but I also don’t think this is a book I can skip reading.
Who Else Might Like It: People who love Joan Didion, possibly parents (although I’m not sure it’s possible to read books about losing children after you have one yourself?), everyone?