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Joan Didion

Biography

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, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles --- and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. And from a different notebook: the "California Notes" that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage.

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.