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									Joan DidionJoan Didion
Distinguished novelist, essayist, and screenwriter Joan Didion has been called by James Dickey "the finest woman prose stylist writing in English today."

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Name:
Joan Didion
Current Home:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1934
Place of Birth:
Sacramento, California
Education:
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956
Awards:
National Book Award for The Year of Magical Thinking, 2005





2005 National Book Award Winner

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								The Year of Magical Thinking, Author: 
								Joan Didion.

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The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
"The Year of Magical Thinking is a masterpiece in two genres: memoir and investigative journalism," observe the National book Award judges. "The subject of the memoir is the year after the sudden death of the writer's husband. The target of the investigation, though, is the nature of folly and time. The writer attends to details, assembles a chronology, and asks hard questions of the witnesses, most notably herself. But she imagines that the story she tells can be revised, the world righted, her husband returned, alive. What she offers is an unflinching journey into intimacy and grief."

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The Best Book to Read First

Another Didion Classic

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								Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Author: 
								Joan Didion.

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
by Joan Didion
With its publication in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem put Didion on the literary map. Her unique vision influenced generations of writers, and changed expectations of the artistic possibilities of nonfiction prose. "A slant vision that is arresting and unique... Didion might be an observer from another planet -- one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves," comments fellow author Anne Tyler.

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								Where I Was From, Author: 
								Joan Didion.

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Where I Was From
by Joan Didion
From our editors: "Part literary memoir, part cultural critique, this collection of intelligent, idiosyncratic essays is seventh-generation Californian Joan Didion's revised look at the Golden State, its puzzling contradictions and legendary excesses, and its unique place in American history." "It is a love song to the place where her family has lived for generations, but a love song full of questions and doubts," notes Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times.

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