Joan Didion (1934-2021) was the National Book Award-winning author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. After earning a Bachelor's degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley, she started her literary career writing articles and essays for Vogue, Mademoiselle, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, and National Review, establishing herself as a prominent member of the New Journalism movement. Her books include The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, Didion's revelatory memoir The Year of Magical Thinking was adapted as a one-woman stage show starring Vanessa Redgrave on Broadway. She also wrote several screenplays with her husband John Gregory Dunne, including Panic in Needle Park with Al Pacino, the second remake of A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and an adaptation of her own Play It As It Lays with Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins.
"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
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A slant vision that is arresting and unique...Didion might be an observer from another planet--one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves. --Anne Tyler The story between the lines of Slouching Towards Bethlehem is surely not so much 'California' as it is [Didion's] ability to make us share her passionate sense of it. --Alfred Kazin "Give one of these adorable mini-editions of classic nonfiction books by women--only slightly larger than a mobile phone--to a bookish friend, and they'll get lit, literally."--BUST "Gorgeous . . . among the season's sexiest little literary gifts . . . Close-up portraits of the grand dames by illustrator Celia Carlstedt grace the textured, curve-cornered jackets of these pocket-sized volumes (it's as if they've already been gift wrapped)." --Passport Magazine