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The White Album: Essays by [Didion, Joan]
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“A splendid reporter . . . Nonpareil . . . Language is her seismograph and style her sanity. Nobody writes better English prose than Joan Didion.” —John Leonard, The New York Times
 
“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.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“[Didion] can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“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). . . . A timely and elegant collection.” —The New Yorker
 
“No one describes the cultural reverberations of the Manson murders as acutely as Joan Didion. . . . [She] weaves subtly horrifying details to reflect the strange fear that loomed over Los Angeles County in the months following.” —Rolling Stone 
 
“[Didion] has created, in her books, one of the most devastating and distinctive portraits of modern America to be found in fiction or nonfiction. . . . [The White Album] 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, The New York Times
 
“Brilliant . . . Passionate . . . Spectacular.” —The Boston Sunday Globe
 
Praise for Joan Didion
“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.” —Chicago Tribune
 

About the Author

Joan Didion is the author of five novels, ten works of nonfiction, and a play. Her books include Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It as It Lays, The White Album, The Year of Magical Thinking, and, most recently, South and West: From a Notebook. Born in Sacramento, California, she lives in New York City.

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  • File Size: 2183 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (May 9, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072HMBLSM
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