We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live Collected Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0307264874

ISBN-13: 9780307264879

Edition: 2006

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Joan Didion's incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that appeared between 1968 and 2003 have been brought together into one thrilling collection. "Slouching Towards Bethlehem "captures the counterculture of the sixties, its mood and lifestyle, as symbolized by California, Joan Baez, Haight-Ashbury. "The White Album "covers the revolutionary politics and the "contemporary wasteland" of the late sixties and early seventies, in pieces on the Manson family, the Black Panthers, and Hollywood. "Salvador" is a riveting look at the social and political landscape of civil war. "Miami" exposes the secret role this largely Latin city played in the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs through Watergate. In "After Henry "Didion reports on the Reagans, Patty Hearst, and the Central Park jogger case. The eight essays in "Political Fictions"-on censorship in the media, Gingrich, Clinton, Starr, and "compassionate conservatism," among others-show us how we got to the political scene of today. And in "Where I Was From "Didion shows that California was never the land of the golden dream.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.508
Language: English

Born in Sacramento, California, on December 5, 1934, Joan Didion received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956. She 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 published 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), The White Album (1979), The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) and Blue Nights (2011). 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. Didion has received a great deal of recognition for The Year of Magical Thinking, which was awarded the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2005. In 2007, Didion received the National Book Foundation's annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2009, Didion was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Harvard University. On July 3, 2013 the White House announced Didion was one of the recipients of the National Medals of Arts and Humanities presented by President Barack Obama.

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Chronology
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
The White Album
Salvador
Miami
After Henry
Political Fictions
Where I Was From
Notes to Miami
Acknowledgments
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