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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction

Hardback Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics

By (author) Joan Didion, Introduction by John Leonard

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 1122 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 208mm x 61mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 17 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307264874
  • ISBN 13: 9780307264879
  • Sales rank: 29,467

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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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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.

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"[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