Joan Didion

1 The Year of Magical Thinking

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Self-Improvement 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2005-10-04
Description :  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.<br /><br />Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later–the night before New Year’s Eve–the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma.<br /><br />This powerful book is Didion’ s attempt to make sense of the “weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself<i>.</i>”

2 Blue Nights

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Health, Mind & Body  Psychology  Fiction & Literature  Essays 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-11-01
Description :  <b>A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book and National Bestseller</b><br /><br />From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.<br /><br />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 and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.<br /><br />As she reflects on her daughter’s life and on her role as a parent, Didion grapples with the candid questions that all parents face, and contemplates her age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. <i>Blue Nights</i>—the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—like <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i> before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profound.<br /><br />"Incantory....A beautiful condolance note to humanity about some of the painful realities of the human condition." --<i>The Washington Post<br /></i><br /><br />&#xa0;

3 Collected Essays

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  History  United States  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $17.99
Release Date :  2018-03-06
Description :  <b>Three essential works that redefined the art of journalism by “one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers” (<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> In these masterpieces of razor-sharp reportage, the National Book Award–winning and <i>New York Times–</i>bestselling author proves herself one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (Joyce Carol Oates, &#xa0;<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)<i>.</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /><i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>: America in the 1960s—a pivotal era of social change and generational divide. Here is Joan Didion on the “misplaced children” of Haight-Ashbury as well as John Wayne in Hollywood; folk singer Joan Baez and reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes; the extremes of both Death Valley and Las Vegas. Named to <i>Time </i>magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books, this is “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).<br /> &#xa0;<br /><i>The White Album</i>: A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller, this landmark essay collection confronts the dark aftermath of the 1960s. From a jailhouse visit to Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party, to a recording session with The Doors, from the culture of shopping malls to the contradictions of the women’s movement, Joan Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with irony and insight. And in the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one.<br /> &#xa0;<br /><i>After Henry</i>: Whether reporting on a Hollywood murder or the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion crystalizes her reputation as a brilliant essayist. Highlights include a portrait of the White House under the Reagans, two “actors on location”; an unexpected meditation on the Patty Hearst case; and an exposé on the racial divisions and class fault lines of New York City following the rape of the Central Park jogger. An indispensable collection from a writer on whom we can rely “to get the story straight” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Arriving one year after the Summer of Love, the book, and its title essay, firmly punctured the pervasive myths about the counterculture.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. One of the most compelling books about 1960s America.” —<i>Time </i>on <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[<i>The White Album</i>] Demonstrates Didion’s range as an essayist, her ability not only to portray the extraordinary and apocalyptic, but also to appreciate the ordinary.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Cool, precise, and ironic&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. [Didion] is an expert geographer of the landscape of American public culture.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review </i>on <i>After Henry</i><br /><br /> Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>, <i>Play It as It Lays</i>, <i>The White Album</i>, <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>, and, most recently, <i>South and West: From a Notebook</i>. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.

4 Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Nonfiction  Social Science  History  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-03-21
Description :  <b>The “dazzling” and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of <i>South and West</i> and <i>The Year of Magical Thinking </i>(<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /><br /> Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature’s most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award–winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the “misplaced children” dropping acid in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, “a personality before she was entirely a person,” and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, “the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements.”<br /> &#xa0;<br /> First published in 1968, <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem </i>has been heralded by the <i>New York Times Book Review </i>as “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” and named to <i>Time</i> magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.<br /><br /> “In her portraits of people, [Didion] is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naïve 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.” —Dan Wakefield, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Superb&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. brilliant.” —<i>Los Angeles Times</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Didion’s essays of a world featuring barricades and bombings, mass murders and kidnapped heiresses make recent history as filtered through her seem a savage and passionate drama, something you can put a hand on and feel it beating, something you can put your ear to and hear its story.” —<i>The Village Voice</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Arriving one year after the Summer of Love, the book, and its title essay, firmly punctured the pervasive myths about the counterculture.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. One of the most compelling books about ’60s America.” —<i>Time</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Startling&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. She can strike at the heart, or the absurdity of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes.” —William Hogan, <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “The story between the lines of <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i> is surely not so much ‘California’ as it is [Didion’s] ability to make us share her passionate sense of it.” —Alfred Kazin<br /> &#xa0;<br /><b>Praise for Joan Didion</b><br /> “She is one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. She has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control.” —Joyce Carol Oates, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A slant vision that is arresting and unique&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. 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<br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Many of us have tried, and failed, to master [Didion’s] gift for the single ordinary deflating word, the word that spins an otherwise flat sentence through five degrees of irony. But her sentences could only be hers.” —<i>Chicago Tribune</i><br /><br /> Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>, <i>Play It as It Lays</i>, <i>The White Album</i>, <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>, and, most recently, <i>South and West</i><i>:</i><i> From a Notebook</i>. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.<br /> &#xa0;

5 South and West

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2017-03-07
Description :  <b>From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks--writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.</b> <br /><br />Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles--and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies' brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters' Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the "California Notes" that began as an assignment from <i>Rolling Stone</i> on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, <i>Where I Was From.</i><br /><br /><b><i>&#xa0;</i><br /> One of <i>TIME’s </i>most anticipated books of 2017<br /> &#xa0;<br />One of<i> <i>The New York Times Book Review's</i></i>&#xa0;“What You’ll Be Reading in 2017”<br /><br />Incldued among the Best Books of March 2017 by both <i>LitHub </i>and <i>Signature</i><br /><i> &#xa0;</i></b><br /><i>&#xa0;</i>

6 The White Album

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Nonfiction  Social Science  History  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-05-09
Description :  <b>An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America by the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>South and West</i> and <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>.</b><br /><br /> In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the “giddily splendid” Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus’s footsteps—and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls—“toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes”—and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women’s movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Written in “a voice like no other in contemporary journalism,” <i>The White Album </i>is a masterpiece of literary reportage and a fearless work of autobiography by the National Book Award–winning author of <i>The Year of Magical Thinking </i>(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>). Its power to electrify and inform remains undiminished nearly forty years after it was first published.<br /><br /> “A splendid reporter&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Nonpareil&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Language is her seismograph and style her sanity. Nobody writes better English prose than Joan Didion.” —John Leonard, <i>The New York Times </i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “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.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[Didion] can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes.” —<i>San Francisco Chronicle </i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “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).&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. A timely and elegant collection.” —<i>The New Yorker</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “No one describes the cultural reverberations of the Manson murders as acutely as Joan Didion.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. [She] weaves subtly horrifying details to reflect the strange fear that loomed over Los Angeles County in the months following.” —<i>Rolling Stone&#xa0;</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[Didion] has created, in her books, one of the most devastating and distinctive portraits of modern America to be found in fiction or nonfiction.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. [<i>The White Album</i>] demonstrates Didion’s range as an essayist, her ability not only to portray the extraordinary and apocalyptic, but also to appreciate the ordinary.” —Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br /> Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>, <i>Play It as It Lays</i>, <i>The White Album</i>, <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>, and, most recently, <i>South and West</i><i>:</i><i> From a Notebook</i>. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.

7 Play It as It Lays

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Family 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-05-09
Description :  <b>A harrowing tale of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and a young woman in pursuit of oblivion by the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>The White Album</i>.</b><br /><br /> Spare, elegant, and terrifying, <i>Play It as It Lays </i>is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Raised in the ghost town of Silver Wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Her daughter, Kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain.” Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped.” But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’,” <i>Play It as It Lays </i>ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream (<i>The New York Times</i>). It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” (Joyce Carol Oates, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).<br /><br /> “There hasn’t been another American writer of Joan Didion’s quality since Nathanael West. She writes with a razor, carving her characters out of her perceptions with strokes so swift and economical that each scene ends almost before the reader is aware of it; and yet the characters go on bleeding afterward. . . . There is nothing superfluous, not a word, not an incident.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. A terrifying book.” —John Leonard, <i>The New York Times</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[A] scathing novel, distilling venom in tiny drops, revealing devastation in a sneer and fear in a handful of atomic dust.” —<i>The Washington Post Book World</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Sharply observed&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Elegantly written&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. There is a high intelligence in [Didion’s] observations and her connections. She uses the language with the ease, control, and virtuosity that comes from natural grace and hard work.” —Lore Segal, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Didion’s mordant lucidity is like L.A. sunlight, a thing so bright sometimes it hurts.” —<i>Time</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Simple, restrained, intelligent, well-structured, witty, irresistibly relentless, forthright in diction, and untainted by the sensational, <i>Play It As It Lays</i> is a book of outstanding literary quality.” —<i>Library Journal</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /><b>Praise for Joan Didion</b><br /> “[Didion] has created, in her books, one of the most devastating and distinctive portraits of modern America to be found in fiction or nonfiction.” —Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times </i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A slant vision that is arresting and unique&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. 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<br /><br /> Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>, <i>Play It as It Lays</i>, <i>The White Album</i>, <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>, and, most recently, <i>South and West</i><i>:</i><i> From a Notebook</i>. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.

8 Where I Was From

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2003-09-23
Description :  In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. <b>Where I Was From</b>, 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 California, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.” The book is a haunting narrative of how her own family moved west with the frontier from the birth of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother in Virginia in 1766 to the death of her mother on the edge of the Pacific in 2001; of how the wagon-train stories of hardship and abandonment and endurance created a culture in which survival would seem the sole virtue.<br /><br />In <b>Where I Was From</b><i>,</i> Didion turns what John Leonard has called “her sonar ear, her radar eye” onto her own work, as well as that of such California writers as Frank Norris and Jack London and Henry George, to examine how the folly and recklessness in the very grain of the California settlement led to the California we know today–a state mortgaged first to the railroad, then to the aerospace industry, and overwhelmingly to the federal government, a dependent colony of those political and corporate owners who fly in for the annual encampment of the <br />Bohemian Club. Here is the one writer we always want to read on California showing us the startling contradictions in its–and in America’s–core values.<br /><br />Joan Didion’s unerring sense of America and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers.<br /><br /><b><br /></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

9 The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Theater  Books  Arts & Entertainment  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2007-05-15
Description :  “this happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you . . .”<br /><br />In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which Michiko Kakutani in <i>The New York Times </i>called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage), Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.<br /><br />The first theatrical production of <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i> opened at the Booth Theatre on March 29, 2007, starring Vanessa Redgrave and directed by David Hare.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

10 Blue Nights (Enhanced Edition)

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays  Health, Mind & Body  Psychology 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2012-01-17
Description :  This enhanced eBook edition of <i>Blue Nights</i> includes three short films directed by Griffin Dunne and starring Joan Didion. Each film blends Didion's incisive prose with images and mementos from her daughter's life. <br /><br />From one of our most powerful writers, <i>Blue Nights</i> is a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old. <i>Blue Nights</i> opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks back to Quintana’s wedding in New York seven years before. Today would be her wedding anniversary. This fact triggers vivid snapshots of Quintana’s childhood—in Malibu, in Brentwood, at school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but also on her role as a parent, Didion asks the candid questions any parent might about how she feels she failed either because cues were not taken or perhaps displaced. “How could I have missed what was clearly there to be seen?” Finally, perhaps we all remain unknown to each other. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her own age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. <br /><i><br />Blue Nights</i>—the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—like <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i> before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profoundly moving.

11 A Book of Common Prayer

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1995-04-11
Description :  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.<b>A Book of Common Prayer</b> is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

12 Run River

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1994-04-26
Description :  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 to the pioneer experience, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, sympathy, and suspense.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

13 Vintage Didion

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2004-01-06
Description :  Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions.<br /><br /> “Didion has the instincts of an exceptional reporter and the focus of a historian . . . a novelist’s appreciation of the surreal.” —<i>Los Angeles Times Book Review<br /><br /></i>Whether she’s writing about civil war in Central America, political scurrility in Washington, or the tightl -braided myths and realities of her native California, Joan Didion expresses an unblinking vision of the truth. <br /><br /><b>Vintage Didion</b> includes three chapters from <b>Miami;</b><i> </i>an excerpt from <b>Salvador</b>; and three separate essays from <b>After Henry</b><i> </i>that cover topics from Ronald Reagan to the Central Park jogger case<i>. </i>Also included is “Clinton Agonistes” from <b>Political Fictions</b><i>,</i> and “Fixed Opinions, or the Hinge of History,” a scathing analysis of the ongoing war on terror.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

14 The Last Thing He Wanted

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1996-08-27
Description :  This intricate, fast-paced story, whose many scenes and details fit together like so many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, is Didion's incisive and chilling look at a modern world where things are not working as they should and where the oblique and official language is as sinister as the events it is covering up.<br /><br />The narrator introduces Elena McMahon, estranged from a life of celebrity fundraisers and from her powerful West Coast husband, Wynn Janklow, whom she has left, taking Catherine, her daughter, to become a reporter for The Washington Post. Suddenly walking off the 1984 campaign, she finds herself boarding a plane for Florida to see her father, Dick McMahon. She becomes embroiled in her Dick's business though "she had trained herself since childhood not to have any interest in what he was doing." It is from this moment that she is caught up in something much larger than she could have imagined, something that includes Ambassador-at-Large Treat Austin Morrison and Alexander Brokaw, the ambassador to an unnamed Caribbean island. <br /><br />Into this startling vision of conspiracies, arms dealing, and assassinations, Didion makes connections among Dallas, Iran-Contra, and Castro, and points up how "spectral companies with high-concept names tended to interlock." As this book builds to its terrifying finish, we see the underpinnings of a dark historical underbelly. This is our system, the one "trying to create a context for democracy and getting [its] hands a little dirty in the process."<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

15 Miami

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Travel & Adventure  Essays & Memoirs  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-05-09
Description :  <b>An astonishing account of Cuban exiles, CIA informants, and cocaine traffickers in Florida by the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>South and West</i>.</b><br /><br /> In <i>Miami</i>, the National Book Award–winning author of <i>The Year of Magical Thinking </i>looks beyond postcard images of fluorescent waters, backlit islands, and pastel architecture to explore the murkier waters of a city on the edge.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> From Fidel Castro and the Bay of Pigs invasion to Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination to Oliver North and the Iran–Contra affair, Joan Didion uncovers political intrigues and shadowy underworld connections, and documents the US government’s “seduction and betrayal” of the Cuban exile community in Dade County. She writes of hotels that offer “guerrilla discounts,” gun shops that advertise Father’s Day deals, and a real-estate market where “Unusual Security and Ready Access to the Ocean” are perks for wealthy homeowners looking to make a quick escape. With a booming drug trade, staggering racial and class inequities, and skyrocketing murder rates, Miami in the 1980s felt more like a Third World capital than a modern American city. Didion describes the violence, passion, and paranoia of these troubled times in arresting detail and “beautifully evocative prose” (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).<br /> &#xa0;<br /> A vital report on an immigrant community traumatized by broken dreams and the cynicism of US foreign policy, <i>Miami </i>is a masterwork of literary journalism whose insights are timelier and more important than ever.<br /><br /> “The world Miss Didion describes in beautifully evocative prose is that familiar landscape we have learned to expect from her novels and essays, a world of menace and elliptical connections.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. The story [she] tells is a compassionate tale of Washington’s ‘seduction and betrayal’ of the Cuban exiles.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “In book after book, essay after essay, in fiction as well as nonfiction, she writes and thinks with exceptional rigor and originality, makes connections both abstract and specific with skill and grace, and brilliantly marshals masses of detail.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. <i>Miami </i>[is] Joan Didion’s most ambitious nonfiction work yet.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. A brilliant book.” —<i>The Washington Post</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[Didion] has an excellent eye for detail, a sense of the phrase or image that tells the whole story.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. An insightful book.” —<i>The Christian Science Monitor</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Finely tuned&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. [<i>Miami</i>] turns much sunny light into a murky underwater darkness full of sharks and evil shadows.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “To understand America&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. I recommend <i>Miami</i>.” —<i>New Statesman</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Didion’s <i>Miami </i>is a kaleidoscope of impressions, and a litany of violence, intrigue, vengeance, political manipulation, and broken dreams.” —<i>The Boston Globe</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “By combining her novelist’s ear and journalist’s eye, Didion gives the reader a sense of the never-ending feeling of exile that is locked in the heart of every refugee.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Masterful.” —<i>Library Journal</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /><b>Praise for Joan Didion</b><br /> “She has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control.” —Joyce Carol Oates, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br /> Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>, <i>Play It as It Lays</i>, <i>The White Album</i>, <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>, and, most recently, <i>South and West</i><i>:</i><i> From a Notebook</i>. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.

16 Salvador

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Latin America  Books  History  Fiction & Literature  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1994-04-26
Description :  "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 battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb "to disappear," Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

17 After Henry

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Nonfiction  Social Science  History  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-05-09
Description :  <b>Incisive essays on Patty Hearst and Reagan, the Central Park jogger and the Santa Ana winds, from the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling author of <i>South and West</i>.</b><br /><br /> In these eleven essays covering the national scene from Washington, DC; California; and New York, the acclaimed author of <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem </i>and <i>The White Album</i> “capture[s] the mood of America” and confirms her reputation as one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers (<i>The New York Times</i>).<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Whether dissecting the 1988 presidential campaign, exploring the commercialization of a Hollywood murder, or reporting on the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion proves that she is one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (Joyce Carol Oates, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)<i>. </i>Highlights include “In the Realm of the Fisher King,” a portrait of the White House under the stewardship of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, two “actors on location;” and “Girl of the Golden West,” a meditation on the Patty Hearst case that draws an unexpected and insightful parallel between the kidnapped heiress and the emigrants who settled California. “Sentimental Journeys” is a deeply felt study of New York media coverage of the brutal rape of a white investment banker in Central Park, a notorious crime that exposed the city’s racial and class fault lines.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Dedicated to Henry Robbins, Didion’s friend and editor from 1966 until his death in 1979, <i>After Henry </i>is an indispensable collection of “superior reporting and criticism” from a writer on whom we have relied for more than fifty years “to get the story straight” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).<br /><br /> “Her intelligence is as honed as ever; her voice has its familiar ring, and her vision is ice-water clear.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. Didion has captured the mood of America in these days of sullen tension and strife.” —<i>The New York Times</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[Didion’s] reportorial pieces&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. afford the pleasures of literature.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. [Her] strength is her sensibility, which is perfectly expressed by, and in some cases identical with, her style. Cool, precise, and ironic&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. She is an expert geographer of the landscape of American public culture.” —Hendrik Hertzberg, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Joan Didion has great instincts for metaphor. She can take an ordinary object&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. and make it as ominous as Hitchcock.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. She’s writing truths about American culture in the sand at our feet.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. With Didion leading, you could follow one of her paragraphs into hell.” —<i>The Boston Globe</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “In her first collection of essays since <i>The White Album</i>, Didion takes a look at the 1980s with her trademark style—at once languid and piercing—intact.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. By venturing out of her familiar territory and into the complexities of national affairs, Didion proves that she is indeed one of America’s premier political observers.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[<i>After Henry</i>] reminds us that [Didion is] truly one of the premier essayists of our time.&#xa0;.&#xa0;.&#xa0;. A collection to savor by a stylist in top form.” —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, starred review<br /><br /> Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include <i>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</i>, <i>Play It as It Lays</i>, <i>The White Album</i>, <i>The Year of Magical Thinking</i>, and, most recently, <i>South and West</i><i>:</i><i> From a Notebook</i>. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.

18 Insider Baseball

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2016-10-04
Description :  A Vintage Shorts Selection<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Almost three decades ago, iconic and incomparable American essayist Joan Didion’s now-classic report from the Dukakis campaign trail exposed, in no uncertain terms, the complete sham that is the modern American presidential run. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> Writing with bite and some humor too, Didion betrays “the process”—the way in which power is exchanged and the status quo is maintained. All insiders—politicians, journalists, spin doctors—participate in a political narrative that is “designed as it is to maintain the illusion of consensus by obscuring rather than addressing actual issues.” The optics of presidential campaigns have grown ever more farcical and remote from the needs and issues most relevant to Americans’ lives, and Didion’s elegant, shrewd, and prescient commentary has never been more urgent than it is right now. <br /> &#xa0;<br /> An ebook short.&#xa0;

19 O Ano do Pensamento Mágico

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2018-02-05
Description :  <b>“A vida muda num instante. Num dia normal.”</b><br /><br />É assim que Joan Didion inicia a sua viagem pela memória do ano mais transformador da sua vida, começando na noite em que o seu marido, o escritor John Dunne, com quem foi casada mais de 30 anos, morre de ataque cardíaco, e a sua única filha está em coma no hospital. Com uma escrita tão assertiva como limpa, tão honesta como desarmante, Didion investiga os vivos que sobrevivem aos mortos, revelando, através da sua experiência pessoal, aquilo que é universal a todos: a dor da perda, a necessidade da superação quando tudo parece inútil.<br /><br />Num registo por vezes jornalístico, recorrendo a estudos, especialistas ou a poemas e obras de arte, outras vezes confessional e literário, mas escapando da autopiedade, Didion deixa o fluxo da sua consciência viajar pelas memórias do casamento, pela experiência da maternidade e da escrita, recordações que emergem a cada momento, quando trata do funeral do marido ou visita a filha inconsciente no hospital.<b>&#xa0;</b>

20 Seduction and Betrayal

Author : Elizabeth Hardwick & Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2001-08-31
Description :  The novelist and essayist Elizabeth Hardwick is one of contemporary America’s most brilliant writers, and&#xa0;<i>Seduction and Betrayal</i>, in which she considers the careers of women writers as well as the larger question of the presence of women in literature, is her most passionate and concentrated work of criticism. A gallery of unforgettable portraits—of Virginia Woolf and Zelda Fitzgerald, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Carlyle—as well as a provocative reading of such works as&#xa0;<i>Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler</i>, and the poems of Sylvia Plath,&#xa0;<i>Seduction and Betrayal</i>&#xa0;is a virtuoso performance, a major writer’s reckoning with the relations between men and women, women and writing, writing and life.

21 Noches azules

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-10-18
Description :  <b>Un relato autobiográfico lleno de dolor y de belleza sobre la muerte de su hija, por la autora de <i>El año del pensamiento mágico</i>.</b><br /><br />«Durante las noches azules uno piensa que el día no se va a acabar nunca. A medida que las noches azules se acercan a su fin (y lo hacen, lo hacen siempre), uno experimenta un escalofrío literal, una visión de enfermedad, en el mismo momento de darse cuenta: la luz azul se está yendo, los días ya se están acortando, el verano se ha ido. Este libro se titula <i>Noches azules</i> porque en la época en que lo empecé a escribir sorprendí a mi mente volviéndose cada vez más hacia la enfermedad, hacia la muerte de las promesas, el acortamiento de los días, lo inevitable del apagamiento, la muerte de la luz. Las noches azules son lo contrario de la muerte de la luz, pero al mismo tiempo son su premonición.»<br /><b>Joan Didion</b><br /><br />En su celebrado libro <i>El año del pensamiento mágico</i>, Joan Didioncontemplaba cómo los rituales que formaban parte de su vida cotidiana cambiaban drásticamente con la súbita muerte de su marido en 2003. Dos años después su única hija, Quintana Roo, moría a los treinta y nueve años de edad. En <i>Noches azules</i> Joan Didion hilvana instantáneas literarias y recuerdos olvidados sobre la vida y la muerte de su hija. <i>Noches azules</i> versa sobre lo que queda tras la pérdida de un ser querido.<br /><br /><b>Críticas:</b><br />«Poco a poco se va haciendo claro tanto para el lector como para Didion que sus reminiscencias no son solo una elegía a Quintana, sino también un lamento por el paso del tiempo.»<br />Michiko Kakutami, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br />«Un clásico breve y sombrío.»<br /><i>Kirkusreviews.com</i>

22 El año del pensamiento mágico

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-01-22
Description :  <b>Unas memorias conmovedoras sobre la enfermedad y la muerte a través de la experiencia personal de la periodista y escritora Joan Didion.</b><br /><br />Este libro memorable ha cautivado a millones de lectores en todo el mundo. En él, la escritora Joan Didion, una de las autoras norteamericanas más reputadas de finales del siglo XX, narra con una fascinante distancia emocional la muerte repentina de su marido, el también escritor John Gregory Dunne. Este libro tan breve como intenso es, por consiguiente, una reflexión sobre el duelo y la crónica de una supervivencia.<br /><br /><i><b>El año del pensamiento mágico</b></i><b> obtuvo el National Book Award en 2005.</b><br /><br /><b>Reseñas:</b><br />«Llena de detalles y de una deslumbrante honestidad [...], un retrato indeleble de la pérdida y el luto.»<br />Michiko Kakutani, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br />«Un acto consumado de valentía literaria, una escritora reconocida por su claridad que nos permite entrar en su mente mientras esta se nubla por el luto.»<br />Lev Grossman, <i>Time</i><br /><br />«Un libro que, repitiendo el tópico, se lee "como una novela" y cuya tensión sale de las entrañas de un ser herido pero dotado con una excepcional capacidad analítica y expresiva.»<br /><i>El Cultural</i><br /><br />«En una cultura donde la elaboración de los sentimientos [...] ha sido rescindida por una prohibición directa a través de la vergüenza o por el "deber ético del goce" [...], el libro de Didion duplica el valor del testimonio y de la invitación que lanza a un mundo de bobos emocionales técnicamente competentes.»<br /><i>El Mundo</i><br /><br />«El libro es un intento de trascender el estupor y sinsentido en que nos deja sumidos el dolor cuando experimentamos la muerte de alguien muy cercano.»<br />Eduardo Lago, <i>Babelia</i>, <i>El País</i>

23 Según venga el juego

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-01-26
Description :  <b>De la autora de <i>El año del pensamiento mágico</i>, una novela perturbadora sobre la realidad de ser mujer. Un clásico de la literatura norteamericana.</b><br /><br />A sus treinta años, Maria Wyeth se encuentra emocionalmente a la deriva y ajena a todo lo que la rodea. Su carrera de actriz se ha limitado a papeles en películas de tercera y siempre ha vivido a la sombra de su marido, un reconocido director de Hollywood que nunca le ha permitido tomar sus propias decisiones con respecto a su hija de cuatro años, recluida en un centro médico para niños con necesidades especiales, ni con respecto a su nuevo embarazo.<br /><br />Con una mirada implacable y una voz inconfundible, Didion disecciona sin contemplaciones la sociedad estadounidense de finales de los años sesenta, explorando por un lado la realidad de ser mujer en una sociedad en la que siempre han prevalecido las necesidades masculinas y, por otro, capturando el estado de ánimo de toda una generación que vive bajo el engaño de las apariencias, la amoralidad, las consecuencias del liberalismo extremo y el hastío generalizado del individuo contemporáneo.<br /><br /><b>Incluida por la revista <i>Time </i>en su lista de las mejores cien novelas en lengua inglesa publicadas entre 1923 y 2005, <i>Según venga el juego </i>está considerada, después de más de cuatro décadas desde su publicación, un clásico moderno de las letras norteamericanas y una de las mejores novelas de Joan Didion.</b><br /><br /><b>Críticas:</b><br />«No ha habido otro escritor norteamericano con el nivel de Joan Didion desde Nathanael West. [...] Un libro espectacular.»<br />John Leonard, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br />«Sencillo, comedido, inteligente, bien estructurado, ocurrente, irresistiblemente implacable, punzante y libre de sensacionalismos. <i>Según venga el juego </i>es un libro sobresaliente y de una excepcional calidad literaria.»<br /><i>Library Journal </i><br /><br />«Una novela mordaz que destila veneno en gotas minúsculas.»<br />J.R. Frakes,<i> Book World</i>

24 Los que sueñan el sueño dorado

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary Criticism  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays  Nonfiction 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-10-18
Description :  <b>Una antología de los mejores artículos y ensayos de la periodista y escritora Joan Didion.</b><br /><br />«<i>En la tierra dorada el futuro siempre es atractivo, porque nadie recuerda el pasado</i>.»<br /><br />Joan Didion es una de las cronistas fundamentales de la segunda mitad del siglo XX. En una edición a cargo de Claudio López de Lamadrid, <i>Los que sueñan el sueño dorado</i> reúne por primera vez en castellano una selección de artículos y ensayos de sus libros<br /><br /><b><i>Arrastrarse hacia Belén</i></b>, un clásico moderno sobre la vida en la Norteamérica de los años sesenta y especialmente sobre el centro de la contracultura, California; <b><i>El álbum blanco</i></b>, un mosaico de los años sesenta y setenta que incluye episodios vagamente autobiográficos; <b><i>Después de Henry</i></b>, donde Joan Didion nos advierte sobre las fantasías que los medios de comunicación construyen en torno a las víctimas de crímenes violentos; <b><i>Salvador</i></b>, que dibuja un retrato de los horrores cometidos en ese país y su estrecha relación con la política exterior de Estados Unidos, y <b><i>Miami</i></b>, donde reflexiona acerca de la inmigración y el exilio, y la pasión, la hipocresía y la violencia políticas.<br /><br /><b>Todos ellos conforman una visión crítica y literaria fundamental para entender la sociedad norteamericana ac</b><b>tual.</b>

25 The White Album

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-08-31
Description :  Lungo l’infinito nastro di Moebius delle autostrade californiane, nelle hall dei vecchi hotel coloniali affacciati sulle bianche spiagge di Honolulu, negli studi di registrazione con Jim Morrison, a cena con registi svogliati che passano di film in film come nelle comuni losangeline si passa di letto in letto, alle feste con i produttori, nei centri commerciali con la figlia, Joan Didion attraversa gli anni sessanta e settanta, raccontandone bizzarrie, ossimori ed estremi: una giovane Nancy Reagan taglia gambi di rosa nel suo giardino, Charles Manson architetta il brutale omicidio della moglie di Roman Polanski, nei cinema di Bogotá si proiettano film americani vecchi di dieci anni, in una valle vicino a Malibu il giardiniere messicano Amado Vazquez coltiva le orchidee più belle del mondo. Reportage, racconto, diario intimo, prosa lirica: i testi che compongono The White Album, opera insieme indefinibile e inconfondibile, mettono in evidenza le caratteristiche che i lettori di Joan Didion conoscono così bene dai suoi romanzi e memoriali: la lucidità stilistica e la risolutezza di visione, la testarda fedeltà a se stessa, la capacità di cogliere un dettaglio minuto della vita quotidiana e trasformarlo in emblema. Le aporie del movimento femminista, le molte contraddizioni delle Pantere nere, le incongruenze della protesta studentesca e insieme i corsi e ricorsi di una vicenda personale che segue ogni curva, ogni sbalzo di quegli anni survoltati: lo sguardo di Joan Didion si sposta dal pubblico al privato, non rifugge dalle polemiche, affronta senza remore ogni verità, anche la più sgradevole, l’impossibilità di ricondurre la vita – e l’arte – a un significato incrollabile. Autrice di culto, icona della letteratura americana – di una certa letteratura e di una certa America, che sistematicamente rifiutano ogni facile categoria, ogni rassicurante etichetta –, Joan Didion stupisce in The White Album per l’eleganza con cui passa dalla rappresentazione di una realtà impazzita alla raccolta contemplazione della corolla di un fiore o delle volute nerastre che un incendio disegna nel cielo del mattino: le pagine bianche di un album da riempire, con il loro silenzio incolpevole ma partecipe, sono allora l’unica via, se non per trovare un senso, almeno per cercarlo.

26 Democracy

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2014-09-17
Description :  Inez Victor è una donna bella e affascinante, rilascia interviste, organizza cocktail party e raccoglie fondi. Suo marito, Harry Victor, è un senatore degli Stati Uniti d’America, impegnato in una perenne campagna elettorale. Cosa faccia Jack Lovett, invece, nessuno lo sa con precisione. Forse il consulente per il governo, forse l’agente segreto, forse il trafficante d’armi. Jack è l’uomo giusto nel posto giusto. È così che ha conosciuto Inez, sposata Victor, la donna giusta al momento sbagliato. Fra Honolulu e il Sudest asiatico, tra Washington e New York, gli sguardi e i gesti fra i tre si intrecciano sempre di più stringendoli nella morsa di quegli anni ’70 che hanno visto la politica americana rendersi inseparabile dalle vite private dei suoi protagonisti. Fotografata, ripresa, inseguita, Inez osserva la sua vita cadere a pezzi come se non la riguardasse. Solo un danno collaterale, l’ennesimo di una esistenza vissuta fra compromessi e manipolazioni, dietro le quinte di un potere sempre più inafferrabile.

27 Democracy

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1995-04-25
Description :  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 father is a murderer. And, in 1975, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam.As conceived by Joan Didion, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, senatorial groupies, the international arms market, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class. Moving deftly from Honolulu to Jakarta, between romance, farce, and tragedy, <b>Democracy</b> is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

28 Political Fictions

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2001-09-11
Description :  <b>National Bestseller</b><br /><br />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 sex scandal, Didion reveals the mechanics of American politics. She tells us the uncomfortable truth about the way we vote, the candidates we vote for, and the people who tell us to vote for them. These pieces build, one on the other, into a disturbing portrait of the American political landscape, providing essential reading on our democracy.<br /><br />"One of our most cherished and insightful explicators of American culture...brings her perspective to the ultimate insider world." --<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i><br /><br /><b>&#xa0;Winner of the George Polk Book Award</b>

29 Blå skymning

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $30.99
Release Date :  2012-03-30
Description :  Blå skymning är ett försök till uppgörelse med dotterns död. Joan Didion talar direkt, utan förbehåll, om oviljan att konfrontera det oundvikliga. ”Som om minnen skulle kunna ge mig någon tröst. Minnen tillhör definitionsmässigt det förgångna. Minnen är skoluniformerna från Westlake som hänger i garderoben, de blekta och spruckna fotografierna, inbjudningskorten till bröllop mellan personer som inte längre är gifta med varandra, mässkorten från begravningarna av personer, vars ansikten man inte längre kommer ihåg. Minnen är det man inte längre vill komma ihåg.” I Blå skymning är minnena i högsta grad närvarande. Babyn med en rosa rosett i håret, barnet som skriver dikter och sorterar ”diversesaker”, bruden med doftrankor i flätan och en tatuerad frangipaniblomma skymtandes genom tyllet. I sin hyllade roman Ett år av magiskt tänkande berättade Joan Didion om året som följde efter att hon förlorat sin make. Året därpå dog även dottern, Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, då 39 år. Under 20 månaders tid förlorade hon de två som stod henne närmast. Blå skymning är ett försök till uppgörelse med dotterns död – en barnlös mors bekännelser. Men det handlar även om åldrande, om skörhet och rädsla. Joan Didion talar direkt, utan förbehåll, om oviljan att konfrontera det oundvikliga. Joan Didion räknas som en av USA:s främsta författare och belönades 2005 med National Book Award.

30 Blue Nights

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-03-07
Description :  Blue Nights sono le ore lunghe e luminose della sera che a New York preannunciano il solstizio d’estate, «l’opposto della morte del fulgore, ma anche il suo annuncio».Sono passati sette anni da quando Joan Didion e John Gregory Dunne festeggiavano il matrimoniodella figlia Quintana Roo nella cattedrale di St. John the Divine in Amsterdam Avenue. Joan Didion ripensa a quel giorno, ai gelsomini del Madagascar nei capelli di Quintana, al fiore di frangipani tatuato sulla spalla. I ricordi rievocano istantanee dell’infanzia di Quintana: Malibù, la scuola di Holmby Hills, la California Meridionale e le sue stagioni «che arrivano in modo così teatrale da sembrare colpi di un destino inatteso». I ricordi spingono Joan Didion a interrogarsi sul suo essere madre, ora che la figlia non c’è più. A rileggereogni singolo evento della vita di Quintana alla ricerca di segni che forse non aveva voluto vedere.A fare i conti con la propria, inaspettata vecchiaia.Come L’anno del pensiero magico, Blue Nights colpisce per la precisione chirurgica con cui parla del dolore.

31 Diglielo da parte mia

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2013-10-30
Description :  Boca Grande è la capitale di un piccolo stato del Sud America, uno di quei paesi da un colpo di stato all&#39;anno dove non cambia mai niente. Un giorno a Boca Grande arriva Charlotte Douglas, una donna nordamericana smarrita e magnetica. Nessuno sa chi sia, cosa cerchi o cosa ci faccia a Boca Grande. A raccontarci la sua storia è Grace Strasser-Mendana, donna fra le più in vista della città, appartenente &#34;a una delle cinque o sei famiglie solvibili del paese&#34;: «Lasciò un uomo, ne lasciò un secondo, tornò a viaggiare col primo, lo lasciò morire solo come un cane, perse una figlia a beneficio della &#34;storia&#34;, e un&#39;altra a seguito di certe &#34;complicazioni&#34;. Poi arrivò a Boca Grande». In Diglielo da parte mia Joan Didion racconta la vita di Charlotte: una donna bella e di classe, ricca e affascinante, che in cuore non ha altro che confusione e vuoto: la vita le ha fatto delle promesse (una famiglia, l&#39;amore, la serenità) ma lei le ha fraintese, ha perso delle persone care, si è trovata sola, e ora è arrivata a Boca Grande per dimenticare, accompagnata solo dal suo fascino. Pagina dopo pagina tocchiamo con mano la tristezza e il vuoto che abitano la sua anima ed è impossibile non riconoscere che sono gli stessi che tanto spesso abitano anche la nostra. Un libro straordinario fatto di corde sottili, che toccano il cuore andando oltre la trama, come musica: come se i drammi esistenziali di Richard Yeats incontrassero il più alto minimalismo di Carver, l&#39;asciuttezza delle parole sposa il fuoco del vuoto e del dolore dei personaggi.

32 Prendila così

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-02-20
Description :  In un’esclusiva clinica neuropsichiatrica di Los Angeles Maria Wyeth, attrice fallita, ripensa alla sua vita, frammentata in episodi che appaiono ormai distanti e freddi come gli astri nella volta celeste. Dal deserto del Nevada alle colline di Hollywood, da modella a protagonista in film minori: la sua parabola è quella di una stella che non ha mai davvero brillato. Dopo anni di scelte sbagliate e di ferite emotive, Maria ha smesso di provare ogni sentimento e lascia che la vita le passi accanto. Anestetizza il dolore guidando per ore senza meta sulle autostrade della California, navigando nel traffico come nelle acque di un immenso fiume. Nonostante tutto, continua a voler giocare la sua partita, forse motivata dall’unica scintilla d’amore che riserva per Kate, la figlia malata che vede di rado. Joan Didion seziona con la sua penna affilata la fauna umana che orbita intorno a Hollywood, che sfodera sorrisi e false promesse in infiniti cocktail party, che teme il fallimento come una malattia infettiva, pronta a tutto pur di riempire il vuoto che la assedia. Romanzo dalla lingua essenziale e spietata, Prendila così fotografa gli aspetti più vacui e autodistruttivi della società americana, raccontando quanto sia doloroso vivere e quanto più facile semplicemente esistere.

33 Le bleu de la nuit

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-01-09
Description :  Après avoir érigé un inoubliable tombeau littéraire à l’homme de sa vie <i>(L'Année de la pensée magique</i>)<i>,</i> Joan Didion adresse, dans <i>Le Bleu de la nuit</i>, un vibrant hommage funèbre à leur fille, décédée quelques semaines à peine avant la parution de la <i>Pensée magique</i> aux Etats-Unis. Mais qu’on ne se méprenne pas : loin d’être une « suite » de la <i>Pensée magique</i>, ce récit serait plutôt son image en miroir, une variation inversée. On y retrouve, intactes, la puissance et la singularité de l’écriture de Didion : sèche, précise, lumineuse face à la nuit. Dans un puzzle de réminiscences et de réflexions (sur la mort, bien sûr, mais aussi sur les mystères de la maternité, de l’enfance, de la maladie, de la vieillesse, de la création…), l’auteur mène un combat acharné contre les fantômes de la mélancolie, des doutes et des regrets. Poignante sans jamais verser dans le pathétique, d’une impitoyable honnêteté envers elle-même sans jamais céder aux sirènes de la complaisance ou de l’impudeur, elle affirme une fois de plus, au crépuscule de son existence, sa foi dans les forces de l’esprit et de la littérature.

34 Une saison de nuits

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-03-12
Description :  Près d’un demi-siècle avant <i>L’Année de la pensée magique</i>, une jeune femme faisait ses débuts sur la scène littéraire américaine. Joan Didion n’a pas trente ans lorsque paraît en 1963 <i>Run River</i>, premier roman et premier jalon d’une œuvre immense à venir, dont il annonce déjà, à bien des égards, les thèmes, la couleur et l’écriture si particulière. À première vue, c’est une histoire presque banale : Everett McClellan tue l’amant de sa femme, Lily. Aux mains de n’importe quel écrivain, on aurait affaire, au choix, à une bluette sentimentale ou à un roman policier des plus ordinaires. Mais l’auteur du <i>Bleu de la nuit</i> n’est pas n’importe qui&#xa0;; chez elle, cette trame domestique et dramatique sert un propos ô combien plus ambitieux. Derrière l’analyse des tromperies et des faux-semblants de la vie de couple, il s’agit pour elle de démonter méthodiquement les ressorts et les conséquences d’un assassinat d’une tout autre nature&#xa0;: celui des illusions qu’une certaine Amérique aura nourries pendant plusieurs décennies, depuis l’époque des grands pionniers californiens dont Everett et Lily sont les ultimes descendants, jusqu’à l’aube des années 1960, qui sous la plume acérée et visionnaire de Didion s’apparente plutôt à un crépuscule&#xa0;: la fin du Rêve Américain.

35 L'anno del pensiero magico

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-08-24
Description :  La vita cambia in un istante. Passa dalla normalità alla catastrofe. John Gregory Dunne, sposato da quarant’anni con Joan Didion, muore all’improvviso la sera del 30 dicembre 2003. Ed è così che per Joan inizia l’anno del pensiero magico. Un anno in cui tutto viene rimesso in discussione, riconsiderato, riformulato. Le idee sulla morte, sulla malattia, sul calcolo delle probabilità, sulla fortuna e sulla sfortuna, sul matrimonio e sui figli e sulla memoria, sul dolore, sui modi in cui la gente affronta o non affronta il fatto che la vita finisce, sulla fragilità dell’equilibrio mentale, sulla vita stessa. Una scrittrice ironica e graffiante, un’icona dell’America contemporanea racconta se stessa con sincerità, con crudezza, e racconta una storia d’amore. Le sue parole colpiscono nel profondo chiunque sappia che cosa significa amare qualcuno e perderlo. Pagine che scandiscono un rito di passaggio, che si affollano di riflessioni, letture, stralci di conversazioni, di stratagemmi per sopravvivere. Come quel pensiero magico che induce a credere di poter modificare ciò che è già accaduto, di poter tornare indietro, perché lui possa tornare indietro. Fino a che, dopo un anno e un giorno, Joan si rende conto, quasi suo malgrado, che qualcosa sta cambiando. Che guardando al tempo trascorso incontra ricordi in cui John non è più presente. Che è necessario, e giusto, lasciare andare i morti. Per poter sopravvivere. Per poter continuare a vivere.

36 Verso Betlemme

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-09-03
Description :  Pubblicata nel 1968, questa raccolta di una ventina di&#xa0;«pezzi, o saggi, se preferite» è considerata un classico moderno. Pochi libri hanno scandagliato in modo così originale l'umore degli Stati Uniti negli anni sessanta e in particolare della California, allora avamposto della controcultura americana. A rendere illuminante ogni singolo reportage e coerente la raccolta nel suo insieme è la scrittura maieutica di Joan Didion, il suo incedere curioso dal particolare a un universale mai&#xa0;«detto» né&#xa0;«saputo». La cronaca di un processo per omicidio diventa il resoconto della fine del sogno americano, un delicato ritratto di John Wayne è l'affresco di un'epoca al tramonto, il racconto di una diatriba tra Joan Baez e il suo vicinato getta una luce impietosa sul lato quotidiano e ordinario dell'icona del '68, il reportage del quartiere di Haight-Ashbury smonta pezzo dopo pezzo il mito del Flower Power. Verso Betlemme&#xa0;setaccia, filtra e racconta un cambiamento epocale, un paese dove tutto sembra andare in frantumi, dove un ordine si è sgretolato lasciando un vuoto che sarà presto riempito da un ordine diverso, più simile al caos:&#xa0;«Il centro non reggeva più. Era un paese di avvisi di fallimento e annunci di aste pubbliche, di rapporti ordinari su omicidi involontari, di bambini nel posto sbagliato e famiglie abbandonate, di vandali che non sapevano nemmeno scrivere correttamente le parolacce con cui imbrattavano i muri.» Joan Didion non fa che regalarci la sua ostinata curiosità, il suo sguardo lucido e meravigliato, e il risultato è una lezione irripetibile di giornalismo narrativo che trascende lo spazio e il tempo del proprio oggetto d'indagine.

37 Run river

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-06-10
Description :  Il sole ambrato della California accende il cielo di un’estate torrida e interminabile; il luppolo verde matura avvinghiato ai filari, il fiume scorre a valle, disseta la terra e rinfresca i corpi mentre, sotto la superficie, erode e divora gli argini con la forza inesorabile di una piaga biblica. Sulle sponde, nei ranch e nelle piscine illuminate delle ville, si trascina una festa sospesa nel tempo, tra balli e bourbon, abiti di seta e champagne, tra morti e addii.È qui che Lily ed Everett vivono la dissoluzione di un amore lungo una vita. Perché si può amare e mille volte tradire, amare e consumarsi, non conoscersi mai, non avere neppure per un attimo l’illusione di una scelta, e perdere tutti per strada, mentre il fiume corre.Run River, romanzo d’esordio di Joan Didion, è la saga di una famiglia accecata dal tramonto del sogno americano, il racconto dell’inarrestabile declino dei discendenti di cercatori d’oro e pionieri, privi ormai di una frontiera da inseguire. Ad aprire le sue pagine è il fragore di uno sparo che squarcia una notte d’agosto del 1959. La traiettoria del proiettile è un viaggio lungo ventun anni, che inizia con due ragazzi che scoprono il sesso in riva a un fiume e si conclude in un deserto emotivo in cui ognuno porta con sé un’inguaribile solitudine: ogni incontro è una collisione dalla quale si esce feriti.Run River, pubblicato per la prima volta in Italia dal Saggiatore, è animato da uno sguardo intimo e fotografico, capace di cogliere nella verità del più piccolo gesto la tragica singolarità di ogni individuo, e di connetterla allo scorrere del tempo con la potenza narrativa del grande romanzo americano.

38 Miami

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-11-10
Description :  C’era una volta il mito della Miami patinata, di una metropoli dalle tinte pastello, evocata dagli spot pubblicitari o dalle corse sulla Ferrari bianca di Miami Vice. Era un miraggio di palme e cocaina, spiagge e grattacieli, che nascondeva una città spettacolarmente depressa in cui il Sud della Florida sembrava trascolorare nella Cuba del Nord. Un avamposto occidentale dei Caraibi che aveva poco a che vedere con New York e Los Angeles, e molto da spartire con Caracas e Bogotá.Miami era una chimera tropicale, ricca di pettegolezzi e povera di memoria. Proprio qui, Fidel Castro trovò il denaro per sconfiggere Batista, e due generazioni di espatriati cubani – terroristi e cospiratori, malviventi e idealisti visionari – cercarono le armi per combatterlo, mescolandosi al mondo cinico e ingannevole dell’intelligence americana. Fu in questa atmosfera rarefatta, in cui le istituzioni democratiche cedevano il passo al disordine sgargiante dell’America Latina, che si intrecciarono molti dei fili della Guerra fredda: dalla Baia dei Porci al Watergate, dalla crisi dei missili del 1961 all’assassinio di John Fitzgerald Kennedy.Joan Didion, fedele alla miglior tradizione del New Journalism americano, si immerge in questo caleidoscopio di sofferenza e vanità, esplorando e narrando in prima persona il mondo degli esuli cubani: un mondo in cui «divergenze di personalità» potevano spiegare qualsiasi cosa, da un semplice battibecco a un colpo di Stato, e in cui il concetto di patria sembrava indivisibile da un senso dell’onore tradito, sempre pronto a esplodere in violenza.Attraverso la scrittura penetrante che l’ha resa un’autrice di culto, autentica icona della letteratura americana, Joan Didion dona sostanza narrativa a un microcosmo in cui si inseguono tutte le lotte e contraddizioni celate sotto la superficie dorata della società americana. E ci consegna il racconto indelebile di una Miami che non sembra una città «ma una fiaba, una storia d’amore ai tropici, una specie di sogno a occhi aperti in cui tutto è possibile».

39 Un livre de raison

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2017-03-01
Description :  Grace se donne pour mission de témoigner de l’histoire de Charlotte. Les deux femmes sont américaines, leurs chemins se croisent dans une petite république d’Amérique Centrale où Grace vit depuis des années. Quand Charlotte s’y installe pour essayer de retrouver sa fille Marine, elle ne soupçonne pas que son destin va se jouer dans ce pays rongé par la violence et la corruption. Grace – placée au cœur de la classe dirigeante de l’État par son mariage – essaie de l’aider. Elle est scientifique, se veut rationnelle. Elle est pourtant incapable de comprendre les passions de Charlotte, une femme qui engage sa vie sans concessions, jusqu’à se perdre.<br />Roman d’une tragédie à la fois intime et politique, Un livre de raison impressionne toujours, quarante ans après sa première publication, par son écriture laconique et par l’acuité du regard de Joan Didion.

40 L'année de la pensée magique

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2007-09-05
Description :  Une soirée ordinaire, fin décembre à New York. Joan Didion s'apprête à dîner avec son mari, l'écrivain John Gregory Dunne - quand ce dernier s’écroule sur la table de la salle à manger, victime d'une crise cardiaque foudroyante. Pendant une année entière, Didion essaiera de se résoudre à la mort du compagnon de toute sa vie, tout en s'occupant de leur fille, plongée dans le coma suite à une grave pneumonie. La souffrance, l'incompréhension, l'incrédulité, la méditation obsessionnelle autour de cet événement si commun et pourtant inconcevable : dans un récit impressionnant de sobriété et d'implacable honnêteté, Didion raconte la folie du deuil et dissèque, entre sécheresse clinique et monologue intérieur, la plus indicible expérience - et sa rédemption par la littérature. « Quintessence du style, son écriture est la fusion du feu et de la glace. Laconique, tenue, sèche, cruelle et lyrique à la fois. (…) Disons que ce serait la version féminine de Samuel Beckett, en lunettes noires, qui siroterait un cocktail au bord d’une piscine californienne. Disons que s’il y avait des “premières dames” de la littérature américaine, Joan Didion serait sa Jackie Kennedy. » (Myriam Anderson, Le Figaro Magazine, 9 septembre 2006)

41 Wir erzählen uns Geschichten, um zu leben

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-12-05
Description :  Joan Didion erzählt von den Leitfiguren des American Dream wie Howard Hughes, Joan Baez oder John Wayne, vom Glanz Hollywoods und der Einsamkeit von Alcatraz, von der Aufbruchsstimmung der sechziger Jahre und der Ernüchterung, die ihr folgte.&#xa0;Dabei gelingt es&#xa0;ihr, die amerikanische Wirklichkeit in unvergessliche Bilder zu fassen.

42 Sentimentale Reisen

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $22.99
Release Date :  2016-09-22
Description :  "Ihr Scharfsinn ist gewohnt fein geschliffen und ihr Blick eiswasserklar... Didion hat die Stimmung in Amerika eingefangen."&#xa0;The New York Times<br /><br />Joan Didion gilt seit langem als eine der brillantesten Autorinnen der USA. Die in diesem Band versammelten Essays und Reportagen aus den Jahren 1982 bis 1992 belegen dies eindrucksvoll. Ob Joan Didion vom Parteitag der Demokraten unter Bill Clinton berichtet oder von einem spektakulären Prozess in New York City, ob sie sich mit der Politik, den Medien oder dem Showbusiness befasst&#xa0;— immer zeichnen ihre Texte ein präzises Bild des geistigen und kulturellen Klimas in Amerika, das noch heute gültig ist.<br /><br />"Die beste Feder der amerikanischen Intellektuellen."&#xa0;Der Spiegel <br /><br />"Jeder ihrer Sätze ist kostbar."&#xa0;Die Welt

43 Das Jahr magischen Denkens

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-06-16
Description :  Die große amerikanische Schriftstellerin Joan Didion schreibt über die Trauer nach dem Tod ihres Ehemannes und über ihren Versuch, das Unfassbare begreiflich zu machen. Ein sehr offenes, sehr persönliches Buch, das zugleich von beeindruckender Allgemeingültigkeit ist. Joan Didion wurde dafür in den USA mit dem National Book Award ausgezeichnet.

44 Blaue Stunden

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2012-02-29
Description :  "In manchen Breitengraden gibt es vor der Sommersonnenwende und danach eine Zeitspanne, nur wenige Wochen, in der die Dämmerungen lang und blau werden. Während der blauen Stunden glaubt man, der Tag wird nie enden. Wenn die Zeit der blauen Stunden sich dem Ende nähert (und das wird sie, sie endet), erlebt man ein Frösteln, eine Vorahnung der Krankheit: das blaue Licht verschwindet, die Tage werden schon kürzer, der Sommer ist vorbei." In Blaue Stunden erinnert Joan Didion sich an ihre Tochter Quintana, daran,wie es war, sie aufwachsen zu sehen und Abschied zu nehmen, als Quintana mit nur 39 Jahren starb. Eine sehr persönliche Bilanz der großen amerikanischen Autorin und ein ehrliches Buch über Tod und Vergänglichkeit, Erinnerung und Alter, über das, was wir verlieren, und das, was bleibt.

45 Menschen am Fluss

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Family  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-07-11
Description :  Alles beginnt mit einem Schuss. Als Everett McClelland den heimlichen Liebhaber seiner Frau Lily erschießt, ist das nicht nur der hilflose Versuch, seine Ehe vor dem endgültigen Zerfall zu retten. Es ist auch der Höhepunkt einer seit Jahrzehnten schwelenden Rivalität zwischen mächtigen Farmerdynastien im fruchtbaren Sacramento Valley. Joan Didion erzählt in ihrem ersten Roman eine Familiengeschichte, so archaisch und voll rauer Schönheit wie die Landschaft Kaliforniens, die Didions Heimat ist.

46 Anteckningar

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $20.99
Release Date :  2017-11-17
Description :  På 1970-talet gav sig Joan Didion ut på två långa reportageresor i två kontrasterande delar av USA: Södern och Västern. Genom att förstå Södern ville hon förstå Kalifornien, där hon vuxit upp. Under dessa resor förde hon anteckningar som aldrig publicerades. Nu, nästan 40 år senare, har de samlats till en kusligt aktuell berättelse om USA. Didion intervjuar människor hon möter på motell och diners. Hon skriver om den kvävande hettan, det smutsiga ljuset och de kvardröjande konflikterna kring ras och klass i de småstäder hon passerar igenom. De båda resorna representerar två poler i den amerikanska erfarenheten och kan läsas som fascinerande tidsdokument, eller som förstudier till den utveckling som i dag riskerar att slita landet i två delar.

47 Süden und Westen

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $17.99
Release Date :  2018-02-23
Description :  "Sie werden aus diesen vierzig Jahre alten Notizen mehr über Amerikas Zukunft erfahren als aus der Zeitung von morgen."&#xa0;Esquire<br /><br />Ein feinsinniges Porträt uramerikanischer Landschaften, in dem sich bereits die Bruchlinien andeuten, an denen entlang sich das heutige Amerika spaltet: Im Sommer 1970 unternahm Joan Didion gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann John Gregory Dunne eine Reise in die amerikanischen Südstaaten, mit der vagen Idee, darüber zu schreiben. Das Stück ist nie erschienen, aber ihre Notizen blieben erhalten und werden nun erstmals veröffentlicht. Wie in ihren hochgelobten Essays und Reportagen zeigt sich auch in diesem ursprünglichen Material die Beobachtungsgabe, der Scharfsinn und das Gespür für beiläufige und doch vielsagende Szenen sowie Didions präzise, unwiderstehlich rhythmisierte Sprache, die ihre Texte so einzigartig macht. Ergänzt werden Didions Reisenotizen um bisher ebenfalls unveröffentlichte Aufzeichnungen, die 1976 entstanden, als sie in San Francisco im Auftrag des Rolling Stone den Prozess beobachtete, der der Millionenerbin Patty Hearst wegen Bankraubs gemacht wurde.&#xa0;<br /><br />"Ein Buch für ihre vielen hingebungsvollen Leser und für jeden, der sich für den geheimnisvollen Prozess des Schreibens interessiert."&#xa0;Booklist

48 Intet gælder

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $22.99
Release Date :  2018-04-18
Description :  Angst og glamour præger Joan Didions barske Hollywood-roman&#xa0;INTET GÆLDER&#xa0;– en helt central bog i det 20. århundredes amerikanske litteratur, som nu for første gang foreligger på dansk.<br /><br />Bogen udkommer i&#xa0;Skala-serien, der består af&#xa0;genopdagede hovedværker, også bøger, der tidligere har været glemt, misforstået eller dømt ude. Gyldendal Skala er nye klassikere til en ny tid.

49 El río en la noche

Author : Joan Didion
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2018-03-28
Description :  El río en la noche desprende la esencia clásica de una gran novela norteamericana. Cronología de un drama familiar que concluye en un asesinato, es también la historia de la decadencia de una familia de pioneros y su traumática adaptación a las transformaciones de la vida en California a mediados del siglo XX. Lily Knight y Everett McClellan, herederos naturales de un estilo de vida de posesión y dependencia, se conocen desde la infancia. Son descendientes de las familias tradicionales que han explotado por generaciones las tierras junto al río Sacramento. Entre veranos y cosechas de lúpulo, las vidas de las dos familias se entremezclan hasta quedar ligadas para siempre cuando Everett y Lily establecen una relación tan tormentosa como inevitable. La inadecuación de Lily al rol de esposa y madre cuando llegan los hijos, el peso de la herencia de una forma de vida que se vuelve de a poco incompatible con la mutación de California en meca de emprendedores e inversionistas, la ceguera de Everett ante el deterioro progresivo de su simbiótica hermana menor, y una estela de infidelidades, insatisfacciones y desencuentros surcan la deriva de esta conmovedora saga familiar que tiene, como los ríos, tantos meandros. Primera novela de la magistral Joan Didion, El río en la noche es la obra de una escritora de genio y se traduce por primera vez al español en esta edición.



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