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Joan Didion

Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, and now lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and eight previous books of nonfiction. Her collected nonfiction, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, was published by Everyman's Library in 2006.

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After Henry
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1993
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74539-6 (0-679-74539-4)

In her latest forays into the American scene, Joan Didion covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles, from a TV producer's gargantuan "manor" to the racial battlefields of New York's criminal courts. At each stop she uncovers the mythic narratives that elude other observers: Didion tells us about the fantasies the... Read more






Blue Nights
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2012
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38738-7 (0-307-38738-0)

A New York Times Notable Book

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.

Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal...

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A Book of Common Prayer
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75486-2 (0-679-75486-5)

Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil.A Book of Common Prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls... Read more






Democracy
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1995
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75485-5 (0-679-75485-7)

Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's... Read more






The Last Thing He Wanted
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1997
$13.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75285-1 (0-679-75285-4)

In her first novel in twelve years, the legendary author of Play It As It Lays and Slouching Toward Bethlehem trains her eye on the far frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine, where history dissolves into conspiracy (Dallas in 1963, Iran Contra in 1984), and fashions a moral thriller as hypnotic and... Read more






Miami
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1998
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78180-6 (0-679-78180-3)

It is where Fidel Castro raised money to overthrow Batista and where two generations of Castro's enemies have raised armies to overthrow him, so far without success. It is where the bitter opera of Cuban exile intersects with the cynicism of U.S. foreign policy. It is a city whose skyrocketing murder... Read more






Political Fictions
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2002
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71890-8 (0-375-71890-7)

In these coolly observant essays, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at "that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life." Through the deconstruction of the sound bites and photo ops of three presidential campaigns, one presidential impeachment, and an unforgettable... Read more






Run River
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1994
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75250-9 (0-679-75250-1)

Joan Didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California. Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue... Read more






Salvador
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1994
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75183-0 (0-679-75183-1)

"Terror is the given of the place." The place is El Salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. The writer is Joan Didion, who delivers an anatomy of that country's particular brand of terror–its mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy.As ash travels from... Read more






We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
Written by Joan Didion
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2006
$35.00/40.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-26487-9 (0-307-26487-4)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Joan Didion’s incomparable and distinctive essays and journalism are admired for their acute, incisive observations and their spare, elegant style. Now the seven books of nonfiction that appeared between 1968 and 2003 have been brought together into one thrilling collection.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem captures the counterculture of the sixties... Read more






Where I Was From
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2004
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75286-8 (0-679-75286-2)

In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality.

Combining history and reportage, memoir and... Read more






Where I Was From
Written by Joan Didion
Knopf | Hardcover | September 2003
$23.00/33.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-43332-3 (0-679-43332-5)

In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, confusions as much about America as about... Read more






The Year of Magical Thinking
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2007
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7843-1 (1-4000-7843-1)

From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage--and a life, in good times and bad--that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Read more






The Year of Magical Thinking
Written by Joan Didion
Knopf | Hardcover | October 2005
$26.95/32.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4314-9 (1-4000-4314-X)

From one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

Several days before... Read more






The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play
Written by Joan Didion
Vintage | Trade Paperback | May 2007
$12.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38641-0 (0-307-38641-4)

“this happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you . . .”

In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . a... Read more





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