Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

Paperback | October 28, 2008

byJoan Didion

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The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America-particularly California-in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.

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The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America-particularly California-in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in Californi...

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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 artistic possibilities of nonfiction. "I...

Joan Didion's many books include The Year of Magical Thinking, for which she received the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.22 × 5.5 × 0.65 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0374531382

ISBN - 13:9780374531386

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"In her portraits of people, Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naive acid-trippers, left wing ideologues and snobs of the Hawaiian aristocracy in a way that makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful . . . A rich display of some of the best prose written today in this country." -Dan Wakefield, The New York Times Book Review