From Publishers Weekly
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From The New Yorker
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker
It is one of those big injustices in the world.
The book is instructive about some of the underlying reasons for California's tough times and surely helps to deglamorize the place, but it ain't the whole story.
One of Didion's revelations is that California has enormous amounts of agricultural land and yet very few Californians call themselves "farmers".
Very well-written and thought provoking. I highly recommend this book.Published 3 months ago by Helen
I had to read this for an English class. It is a difficult read but very interesting. I learned a lot about California history that I never knew and also about the author and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sadie Peddler
Ms. Didion has a wonderful "voice" in print. Tells much history of California in a personal way, having descended from pioneers, and is critical of the myths about... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter M Clark
This book might be interesting to you if you are a California buff. Otherwise, it was slow, disjointed and generally disappointing.Published 12 months ago by Jennifer Laudadio
Daughter of a Sacramento "pioneer family", Didion sets out to demolish the pioneer mystique here by showing that the "rugged individualism" on which pioneers to the West in general... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A Customer
I'm a proud native Californian born in Fresno, schooled in Berkeley and planted like a Coastal Redwood in the Bay Area for the past 35 years. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Randall L. Wilson
Although her writing is always felicitous, I wasn't enchanted by this book, maybe because it's about California. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gma Sara
Having grown up near Sacramento CA about ten years later than Joan Didion, this is such familiar territory. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mrs. Beth A. Franklin