From the bestselling, award-winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking and Let Me Tell You What I Mean, this collection includes seven books in one volume: the full texts of Slouching Towards Bethlehem; The White Album; Salvador; Miami; After Henry; Political Fictions; and Where I Was From.As featured in the Netflix documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. 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.
- ISBN-13: 9780307264879
- ISBN-10: 0307264874
- Publisher: Everyman's Library
- Publish Date: October 2006
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.15 pounds
- Page Count: 1160
In 1906, in an effort to make attractive, inexpensive editions of literary titles available to more readers, London-based publisher Joseph Malaby Dent established the Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics series. Today, the Library boasts a list of 500 titles, all hardcover editions of classics, all nicely designed and affordably priced, all published in the U.S. by Knopf.
In celebration of the series' 100th anniversary, several new selections have been released, among them an anthology of Joan Didion's work, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction. Didion's sensitive first-person narration and world-weary, ironic writing style helped set the tone for contemporary journalism. The new collection features seven of her books, including The White Album, Miami and Salvador, and covers the 1960s through 2003, making it a must-have for nonfiction lovers.