Play It as It Lays

ISBN-10: 0374529949
ISBN-13: 9780374529949
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
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Description: A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, "Play It As It Lays" captures the mood of an entire generation. Joan Didion chose Hollywood to serve as her microcosm of contemporary society and exposed a culture characterized by emptiness  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 11/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, "Play It As It Lays" captures the mood of an entire generation. Joan Didion chose Hollywood to serve as her microcosm of contemporary society and exposed a culture characterized by emptiness and ennui.

Born in Sacramento, California, on December 5, 1934, Joan Didion received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956. Joan Didion wrote for Vogue from 1956 to 1963, and was visiting regent's lecturer in English at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. Didion also publishes novels, short stories, social commentary, and essays. Her work often comments on social disorder. Didion wrote for years on her native California; from there her perspective broadened and turned to the countries of Central America and Southeast Asia. Her novels include Democracy (1984) and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Well known nonfiction titles include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979). In 1971 Joan Didion was nominated for the National Book Award in fiction for Play It As It Lays. In 1981 she received the American Book Award in nonfiction, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Prize in nonfiction for The White Album.

David Thomson, author of“Have You Seen . . . ?”andThe New Biographical Dictionary of Film, is a regular contributor toThe Guardian,The Independent, The New York Times, Movieline, The New Republic,andSalon.He lives in San Francisco. From the Hardcover edition.

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