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After Henry

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Publisher Comments:

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live" was the opening line of Joan Didion's celebrated The White Album. In After Henry, her new collection of pieces, most of them reported and written for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, she examines, precisely and suggestively, the stories people tell themselves — about murders and earthquakes and wildfires, about presidential politics and Patricia Hearst and Central Park "wilding," about boom years passing and hard times coming down — in Washington and in California and in New York. Joan Didion's two previous collections, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album, are now established as classics. Salvador and Miami stand as hallmarks of political reporting. After Henry is a major literary event.

Review:

"[Didion is] truly one of the premier essayists of our time....[H]er prose, in its very complexity, beautifully plays against her subjects....A collection to savor by a stylist in top form." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Didion's journalistic essays are often considered her best writing, and this representative sample will be appreciated by readers who like newsworthy reading." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In her latest forays into the American scene, the author of Miami, Democracy, and Salvador covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles and from a TV producer's mansion to the racial battlefields of New York's criminal courts. And along the way, she reveals the mythic narratives that other commentators miss.

Synopsis:

In her latest forays into the American scene, Joan Didion covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles, from a TV producer's gargantuan "manor" to the racial battlefields of New York's criminal courts. At each stop she uncovers the mythic narratives that elude other observers: Didion tells us about the fantasies the media construct around crime victims and presidential candidates; she gives us new interpretations of the stories of Nancy Reagan and Patty Hearst; she charts America's rollercoaster ride through evanescent booms and hard times that won't go away. A bracing amalgam of skepticism and sympathy, After Henry is further proof of Joan Didion's infallible radar for the true spirit of our age.

About the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York. She is the author of five novels and six previous books of nonfiction: Political Fictions, After Henry, Miami, Salvador, The White Album, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Table of Contents

After Henry 13
Washington 23
In the Realm of the Fisher King 25
Insider Baseball 47
Shooters Inc. 87
California 93
Girl of the Golden West 95
Pacific Distances 110
Los Angeles Days 145
Down at City Hall 174
L.A. Noir 198
Fire Season 210
Times Mirror Square 220
New York 251
Sentimental Journeys 253

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679745396
Author:
Didion, Joan
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
84010
Publication Date:
April 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.04x5.25x.68 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679745396 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Didion is] truly one of the premier essayists of our time....[H]er prose, in its very complexity, beautifully plays against her subjects....A collection to savor by a stylist in top form."
"Review" by , "Didion's journalistic essays are often considered her best writing, and this representative sample will be appreciated by readers who like newsworthy reading."
"Synopsis" by , In her latest forays into the American scene, the author of Miami, Democracy, and Salvador covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles and from a TV producer's mansion to the racial battlefields of New York's criminal courts. And along the way, she reveals the mythic narratives that other commentators miss.
"Synopsis" by , In her latest forays into the American scene, Joan Didion covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles, from a TV producer's gargantuan "manor" to the racial battlefields of New York's criminal courts. At each stop she uncovers the mythic narratives that elude other observers: Didion tells us about the fantasies the media construct around crime victims and presidential candidates; she gives us new interpretations of the stories of Nancy Reagan and Patty Hearst; she charts America's rollercoaster ride through evanescent booms and hard times that won't go away. A bracing amalgam of skepticism and sympathy, After Henry is further proof of Joan Didion's infallible radar for the true spirit of our age.
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