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Slouching Towards Bethlehem / Play it as it Lays

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Paperback, 452 pages
Published 1992 by Quality Book Club
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Jessica (Kormos)
Jan 05, 2016 Jessica (Kormos) rated it it was amazing
My favorite quote from this:

“All I ever did to that apartment was hang fifty yards of yellow theatrical silk across the bedroom windows, because I had some idea that the gold light would make me feel better, but I did not bother to weight the curtains correctly and all that summer the long panels of transparent golden silk would blow out the windows and get tangled and drenched in afternoon thunderstorms. That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises wo
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Seth Kupchick
Dec 12, 2015 Seth Kupchick rated it it was amazing
Nobody wrote about California in the Sixties as well as Didion, with most of her work focusing on San Francisco and L.A. Her first novel, "Run River," was actually a fictionalized novel about her growing up in Sacramento, right after the war, with a war hero father, turned farmer, and life in the valley. I read "Run River" in college and it had a great late Fifties Faulknlker inspired feel to it and was clearly the work of a very gifted writer, but I could imagine finding it on the carousel rack ...more
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Feb 11, 2015 Max Blinderman rated it it was amazing
Her account of life in 1960s Haight Ashbury just might be the greatest journalistic piece of all time.
Amy Wolf
Jan 21, 2013 Amy Wolf rated it it was amazing
More fantastic essays from Didion. We were lucky to have her living in So Cal during the 60;s-70's to record the period in her inimitable way. "Driving is a form of secular communion" in L.A. That's what you get with Didion.
Catherine Webb
Apr 11, 2011 Catherine Webb rated it it was amazing
I love this author. Didion is a master.
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Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She's best known for her novels and her literary journalism.

Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.
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