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In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality.

Combining history and reportage, memoir and literary criticism, Where I Was From explores California’s romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons. Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers (not excluding herself), Didion is an unparalleled observer, and her book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal.

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Didion's unerring sense of America and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers.

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In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the states ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethics often tenuous relationship to reality.

Combining history and reportage, memoir and literary criticism, Where I Was From explores Californias romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons. Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers (not excluding herself), Didion is an unparalleled observer, and her book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal.

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Willard, January 25, 2013 (view all comments by Willard)
A brilliant blend of reporting and memoir. Didion first dissects California (and the mythology behind its creation) and then herself (including labeling "pernicious" parts of her novel, "Run River"). The book can be tough at times (much like the journeys of her pioneer forebears), but her insights make it a must-read.
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ISBN:
9780679752868
Author:
Didion, Joan
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Regional Subjects - West
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20040931
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
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8 x 5.1 x 1 in .45 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Didion's unerring sense of America and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers.
"Synopsis" by , In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the states ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethics often tenuous relationship to reality.

Combining history and reportage, memoir and literary criticism, Where I Was From explores Californias romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons. Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers (not excluding herself), Didion is an unparalleled observer, and her book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal.

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