Joan Didion


Born
in Sacramento, California, The United States
December 05, 1934

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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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Average rating: 3.93 · 314,669 ratings · 24,915 reviews · 77 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Year of Magical Thinking

3.88 avg rating — 157,996 ratings — published 2005 — 97 editions
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

4.18 avg rating — 41,456 ratings — published 1968 — 51 editions
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Play It As It Lays

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3.88 avg rating — 31,438 ratings — published 1970 — 58 editions
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Blue Nights

3.84 avg rating — 25,897 ratings — published 2011 — 58 editions
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The White Album

4.15 avg rating — 18,763 ratings — published 1979 — 32 editions
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South and West: From a Note...

3.67 avg rating — 8,187 ratings — published 2017 — 22 editions
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A Book of Common Prayer

3.80 avg rating — 3,730 ratings — published 1977 — 39 editions
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Where I Was From

3.86 avg rating — 3,742 ratings — published 2003 — 27 editions
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Let Me Tell You What I Mean

3.97 avg rating — 2,830 ratings — published 2021 — 11 editions
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Democracy

3.84 avg rating — 2,531 ratings — published 1984 — 30 editions
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