We tell ourselves stories in order to live : collected nonfiction

Didion, Joan

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  • Creator Joan Didion ; with an introduction by John Leonard
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : Alfred A. Knopf, ©2006.
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • xxxvii, 1122 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 0307264874, 9780307264879
  • OCLC ocm64594439


  • "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."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references.


  • Slouching towards Bethlehem -- The white album -- Salvador -- Miami -- After Henry -- Political fictions -- Where I was from -- Notes to Miami
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