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Joan Didion


Joan Didion

Joan Didion is the author of five novels and nine books of nonfiction. Her collected nonfiction, WE TELL OURSELVES STORIES IN ORDER TO LIVE, was published by Everyman’s Library in 2006. Born in Sacramento, California, Didion now lives in New York City.

Joan Didion

Books by Joan Didion

by Joan Didion - Essays, Memoir, Nonfiction

Joan Didion has always kept notebooks --- of overheard dialogue, interviews, drafts of essays, copies of articles. SOUTH AND WEST gives us two extended excerpts from notebooks she kept in the 1970s. “Notes on the South” traces a road trip that she and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, took through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Her acute observations about the small towns they pass through, her interviews with local figures, and their preoccupation with race, class and heritage suggest a South largely unchanged today. “California Notes” began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial. Though Didion never wrote the piece, the time she spent watching the trial in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the West and her own upbringing in Sacramento.

by Joan Didion - Essays, Nonfiction

The first nonfiction work by one of the prose stylists of our era, SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHELHEM remains, forty years after its first publication, the essential portrait of America— particularly California—in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.