The White Album: Essays by Joan Didion

The White Album: Essays

byJoan Didion

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First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era-including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall-through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central text of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

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Joan Didion is highly regarded as a writer of both nonfiction and fiction and received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2007. Her books include The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. She lives in New York City.
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Title:The White Album: EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.22 × 5.48 × 0.59 inPublished:November 10, 2009Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0374532079

ISBN - 13:9780374532079

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Table of Contents


The White Album

James Pike, American
Holy Water
Many Mansions
The Getty
Good Citizens
Notes Toward a Dreampolitik

The Women's Movement
Doris Lessing
Georgia O'Keeffe

In the Islands
In Hollywood
In Bed
On the Road
On the Mall
In Bogota
At the Dam

On the Morning After the Sixties
Quiet Days in Malibu

Editorial Reviews

"[Didion] can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes." -San Francisco Chronicle"All of the essays--even the slightest--manifest not only [Didion's] intelligence, but an instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the reader's memory and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its phrasing and exact. Add to these her highly vulnerable sense of herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism." -Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review"Didion manages to make the sorry stuff of troubled times (bike movies, for instance, and Bishop James Pike) as interesting and suggestive as the monuments that win her dazzled admiration (Georgia O'Keeffe, the Hoover Dam, the mountains around Bogota). . . A timely and elegant collection." -The New Yorker