Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s (Loa #325): Run River / Slouching Towards Bethlehem / Play It as It Lays / A Book of Common Prayer / The White Album
Library of America
November 12, 2019
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About the Author
Joan Didion (b.1934) is one of the most distinct American literary voices of the last half century. She is the author of five novels and nine books of nonfiction, including Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and mostly recently the New York Times best sellers The Year of Magical Thinking, Blue Nights, and South and West. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award for Nonfiction and the National Book Foundations' Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. David L. Ulin is the author or editor of ten books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles; the Library of America's Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award; and The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. The former book editor and book critic of the Los Angeles Times, he teaches at the University of Southern California.
"Almost any page of this invaluable book will take you somewhere emotionally and offer a paramount lesson in the power of Didion's voice." -- Hilton Als, The New Yorker "Readers carry Didion around in different ways, for different moments, and this new book is a defining compilation of her early writing." --Los Angeles Times "The Library of America has another gem on its hands with this collection." --PopMatters