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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)
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Description: The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, forty years 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. ... (more)
Manufacturer: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: 28 October 2008
ISBN-10 : 0374531382 | ISBN-13: 9780374531386
Tags: Essays (1), 1960s (1), California (1), San Francisco (1), Counterculture (1)
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Esquire's 80 Books Every Person Should Read (80 books items)

"Before the Didion craze, there was this—and sure, there was a lot before this—but Slouching Towards Bethlehem is where to start with Joan Didion. She is the ultimate cool and keen-eyed observer of the human condition, of America, and of gracefully merciless self-examination. Though, as ferocious and important as her topics are, she always leaves a gift for the reader. I, for instance, cannot eat a peach or turn on the air conditioning without thinking, just a little, of her essay "Goodbye to"


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