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ISBN13: 9780307387387
ISBN10: 0307387380
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From a former Poet Laureate, a new collection of essays delivering a gloriously unexpected view from the vantage point of very old age
 
Donald Hall has lived a remarkable life of letters, a career capped by a National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president. Now, in the “unknown, unanticipated galaxy” of very old age, he is writing searching essays that startle, move, and delight. In the transgressive and horrifyingly funny “No Smoking,” he looks back over his lifetime, and several of his ancestors lifetimes, of smoking unfiltered cigarettes, packs of them every day. Hall paints his past: “Decades followed each other — thirty was terrifying, forty I never noticed because I was drunk, fifty was best with a total change of life, sixty extended the bliss of fifty . . .” And, poignantly, often joyfully, he limns his present: “When I turned eighty and rubbed testosterone on my chest, my beard roared like a lion and gained four inches.” Most memorably, Hall writes about his enduring love affair with his ancestral Eagle Pond Farm and with the writing life that sustains him, every day: “Yesterday my first nap was at 9:30 a.m., but when I awoke I wrote again.”

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From a former poet laureate, a new collection of essays delivering a gloriously unexpected view from the vantage point of very old age.

 

 

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A New York Times Notable Book

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.

Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.

As she reflects on her daughter’s life and on her role as a parent, Didion grapples with the candid questions that all parents face, and contemplates her age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights—the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profound.

About the Author

Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California, and now lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and eight previous books of nonfiction. Her collected nonfiction, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, was published by Everyman's Library in 2006.

Table of Contents

Out the Window 1

Essays After Eighty 12

A Yeti in the District 16

One Road 28

Thank You Thank You 38

Three Beards 51

No Smoking 60

Physical Malfitness 70

Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. 79

Death 89

On Rejection and Resurrection 98

Garlic with Everything 105

A House Without a Door 116

Remains 125

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Liz Ellis, June 5, 2014 (view all comments by Liz Ellis)
A darkly stunning examination of one woman's grief. Didion's sparse and direct writing style is always a joy to read, even when the subject matter is dark. Highly recommended for fans of Joan Didion and anyone who is interested in writing about grief that is honest without being syrupy.
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knowledge lover, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by knowledge lover)
Heartfelt & just beautiful.
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ArmyofRecalcitrants , January 30, 2013 (view all comments by ArmyofRecalcitrants )
It's really quite simple:
Just as one would expect from Didion - Nothing like the Didion one has read before.
Get - Read - Cry - Love.
(Repeat as necessary)

You'll thank yourself for it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307387387
Author:
Didion, Joan
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Hall, Donald
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

From a former poet laureate, a new collection of essays delivering a gloriously unexpected view from the vantage point of very old age.

 

 

"Synopsis" by , A New York Times Notable Book

From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.

Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.

As she reflects on her daughter’s life and on her role as a parent, Didion grapples with the candid questions that all parents face, and contemplates her age, something she finds hard to acknowledge, much less accept. Blue Nights—the long, light evening hours that signal the summer solstice, “the opposite of the dying of the brightness, but also its warning”—like The Year of Magical Thinking before it, is an iconic book of incisive and electric honesty, haunting and profound.

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