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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) (Paperback)

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Joan Didion's first collection of essays gave us this incredible passage, from On Keeping A Notebook, "I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not." She writes with such confidence and such a sharp morality (and not preachy self-righteousness, I mean ACTUAL MORAL JUSTNESS) that she cuts through all of society's B.S. Published in 1968, the words in this book are as relevant as the day they were written and will continue to be as years go by. We may find that Didion ends up being the foremost woman of American letters in the 21st century as well.

— From Cory


The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades after its first publication, the essential portrait of America--particularly California--in the sixties. It focuses on such subjects as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up a girl in California, ruminating on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture.

About the Author

Joan Didion's many books include The Year of Magical Thinking, for which she received the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

Praise For…

"In her portraits of people, Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naive acid-trippers, left wing ideologues and snobs of the Hawaiian aristocracy in a way that makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful . . . A rich display of some of the best prose written today in this country."--Dan Wakefield, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374531386
ISBN-10: 0374531382
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: October 28th, 2008
Pages: 238
Language: English
Series: FSG Classics