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  Slouching Towards Bethlehem Upon its publication in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem confirmed Joan Didion as one of the most prominent writers on the literary scene. Her unblinking vision and deadpan tone have influenced subsequent generations of reporters and essayists, changing our expectations of style, voice, and the... Read more

  The White Album contemporary culture from a Didion's-eye-view...
....her fine prose unpeels the life in So. California and exposes it to us in all its marvelous and wannabe glamor. Her critique of "The Women's Movement"--that (in my terms) the victim-thinking, entitlement, and pie-in-the-sky idealism of some of its staunchest party-liners reveal more... Read more


  Play It As It Lays : A Novel Maria Wyeth is an emotional drifter who has become almost anesthetized against pain and pleasure. She is radically divorced from her husband, lovers, friends, past and future, a woman finally touched only by her neurally damaged daughter, Kate, and by the child she has willfully aborted. Read more

  A Book of Common Prayer In this Conradian masterpiece of American innocence and evil set in the fictional Central American country of Boca Grande, two American women face the harsh realities, political and personal, of living on the edge in a land with an uncertain future. Writing with her signature telegraphic swiftness,... Read more

  After Henry Didion's latest collection of previously published articles- -her first since The White Album (1979)--reminds us that she's truly one of the premier essayists of our time. For all the disconnectedness she discerns throughout our public life, her prose, in its very complexity, beautifully plays... Read more

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