Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan DidionSlouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays

byJoan Didion

Paperback | October 28, 2008

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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.
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.
Title:Slouching Towards Bethlehem: EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.22 × 5.5 × 0.66 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0374531382

ISBN - 13:9780374531386

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Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing The funniest thing about this collection of essays is that even though I don't necessarily agree with everything Joan Didion has to say, I can still appreciate her writing and her world views because she constructs her essays so beautifully. I also love that this collection is so very personal. I have yet to finish the entire collection, but I will definitely be reading all of these essays in the near future.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful collection of essays The essay on self-respect is such a great, inspiring piece!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, but very well written Could be a little more hard hitting, maybe could have used an additional piece or two but all in all this is a great little book. the title essay is especially worth your time.
Date published: 2017-04-01

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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