Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) (Paperback)

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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 is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as several screenplays written with her late husband, John Gregory Dunne. Her books include The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. She lives in New York City.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374531386
ISBN-10: 0374531382
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: October 28th, 2008
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: FSG Classics