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    We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) (Hardback) By (author) Joan Didion, Introduction by John Leonard

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    Description(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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    Title
    We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
    Subtitle
    Collected Nonfiction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joan Didion, Introduction by John Leonard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1122
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 61 mm
    Weight: 975 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307264879
    ISBN 10: 0307264874
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    B&T Book Type: FI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    DC21: 814.54
    B&T General Subject: 500
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    DC22: 814.54
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 04
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: LCO010000, LCO002000
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    DC22: 814/.54
    LC classification: PS3554.I33 W3 2006
    B&T Approval Code: P26102170
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    Thema V1.0: DNL
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    17 October 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.
    Review quote
    "[Didion's is] one of the most recognizable--and brilliant--literary styles to emerge in America during the past four decades . . . [She is] a great American writer." --"New York Times Book Review" "One beautiful sentence follows another . . . Didion has remained a clearheaded and original writer all her long life." --"Newsweek" "Her intelligence is as honed as ever . . . Her vision is ice-water clear . . . Didion has captured the mood of America." --"New York Times" "Many of us have tried, and failed, to master [Didion's] gift for the single ordinary deflating word, the word that spins an otherwise flat sentence through five degrees of irony. But her sentences could only be hers." --"Chicago Tribune" "I have been trying forever to figure out why [Didion's] sentences are better than mine or yours . . . Something about [their] cadence. They come at you, if not from ambush, then in gnomic haikus, ice pick laser beams, or waves. Even the space on the page around these sentences is more interesting than it ought to be, as if to square a sandbox for a Sphinx." --from the Introduction by John Leonard
    Table of contents
    Introduction by John Leonard Select Bibliography Chronology Slouching Towards Bethlehem The White Album Salvador Miami After Henry Political Fictions Where I Was From Notes to Miami Acknowledgments