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Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
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May 07, 07

Recommended for: Everyone
Read in October, 1998

This book has meant more to me than almost any other book I have read. I give it four stars only because it is a collection of essays, and not all of them are 5-star. The ones that are though (in particularly "On Keeping a Notebook" and "Goodbye to All That") penetrate and reveal truths about life that applied to me in college, that still apply to me now, and that I know will apply when I am 60. Essentially, Didion hits at the universal with some of the most well-crafted sentences and turns of phrase in modern American literature. Stylistically Didion's writing is a masterpiece with its long sentences and parenthetical asides woven together into single, breathless, pithy insights.
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