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Bye to 2018 w/late lunch: talking memoirs that span a year

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What's in a year? Memoirs, especially recent ones, are often built around four eventful seasons. That's the book theme as we close out the year.

We didn't have enough commitments to meet the minimum for a private room, so we'll be in the regular dining area. Consolation: you can get anything your heart or digestive apparatus desires from the regular menu.

The book theme is what you can experience, learn, or live through in one year. I tried to exclude overexposed book group cliches. If your favorite with this theme isn't included, email me at [masked], message me through meetup, or post in the discussion.
The list is all memoirs. This time around adding fiction choices seemed to muddle it.
1) The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
by A.J. Jacobs
A mostly light hearted project with some serious moments
2 ) Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
by Scott Kelly
Pretty self-explanatory title. Gets good reviews from consumers and editorial reviewers.
3) and 3 (a) The Year of Living Danishly: My Twelve Months Unearthing the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country.
By Helen Russell and by the same author Leap Year: How Small Steps Can Make a Giant Difference. Thanks to member Chris R. for the suggestion.
4) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. The famed essayist and novelist delves into the harrowing year following the death of her husband
5) Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
by Julie Powell
6) Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods. Local writer spends a year visiting national parks and experiencing life. This was a reader favorite when it was on an earlier list.