Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (Paperback)
Joan Didion should hardly require a sales pitch, but in case you're not already familiar with her impeccable prose and pitch-perfect storytelling, Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a great place to start, and should be required reading for anyone thinking or thoughtful about California. From her cool and poetic detailing of murder in the high desert to ruminations on the Haight in the 60s and the winds of Los Angeles, these essays were the first that made me truly feel that this big, weird land had a soul. Recommended for anyone of any age interested in what it is to be a person here and now, then or anywhere.— Molly
The first nonfiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, decades 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.
About the Author
Joan Didion's many books include The Year of Magical Thinking, for which she received the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.
"In her portraits of people, Didion is not out to expose but to understand, and she shows us actors and millionaires, doomed brides and naive acid-trippers, left wing ideologues and snobs of the Hawaiian aristocracy in a way that makes them neither villainous nor glamorous, but alive and botched and often mournfully beautiful . . . A rich display of some of the best prose written today in this country."--Dan Wakefield, The New York Times Book Review