South and West: From a Notebook Pdf Summary
From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks–writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.
Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles–and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies’ brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through.
And from a different notebook: the “California Notes” that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From.
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About Joan Didion Author of South and West: From a Notebook Pdf Book
Joan Didion was born in California and lived in New York City. She was 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.
South and West: From a Notebook pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Knopf; First Edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524732796
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524732790
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.8 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #511,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,131 in Author Biographies
- #3,224 in Traveler & Explorer Biographies
- #22,006 in Memoirs (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars 373 ratings
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