South and West: From a Notebook

South and West: From a Notebook

From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks--writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles--and here is...

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Title:South and West: From a Notebook
Author:Joan Didion
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ISBN:1524732796
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:160 pages

South and West: From a Notebook Reviews

  • Vincent Scarpa
    Dec 21, 2016
    I love Joan Didion.On any given day, Play it as it Lays fights for a spot in my top three favorite novels of all time alongside Renata Adler's Pitch Dark, Mary Robison's Why Did I Ever, and Joy Williams's State of Grace. I can make (have made) a convincing argument that the opening paragraph of "Slo...
  • Trish
    Mar 12, 2017
    Joan Didion’s notebook of her drive across Louisiana and Mississippi with her husband in the summer of 1970 is filled with glimpses and impressions of the blazing heat, canopies of kudzu, a sense of disintegration and insularity. Didion interviewed friends of friends and folks who knew about im...
  • Rachel Dows
    Mar 08, 2017
    Oh my. Today was a terrible, horrible, truly exceptionally bad day. So, of course, I went to the bookstore. I knew Joan Didion had released a new essay collection and I decided to treat myself to the hardcover instead of waiting for paperback.And boy was it worth it.The moment I dove into her prose ...
  • Ammar
    Mar 08, 2017
    Joan offers the reader an intimate look at her writing process. Anyone who read Didion would be aware of her personal life, her upbringing, her essays and how she wrote about the loss of a husband and her daughter in her last two non fiction works. Here we are in the 70s in the South ... New Orleans...
  • Kevin
    Mar 08, 2017
    Skip the Nathaniel Rich intro until after you've read the text (if you feel the need to read it at all)....
  • Bryant
    Mar 11, 2017
    Nothing makes me want to write more than reading Joan Didion....
  • Paul
    Mar 09, 2017
    Joan Didion is possibly the best ethnographer in the United States. This book gives brilliant profiles, especially of the Deep South. It was written in 1970 but is amazingly prescient of the country after the 2016 presidential election. Her intuitions are dead on, and sometimes she gathers more info...
  • Andrew Gallina
    Mar 13, 2017
    Stunning!! 'South and West' is a rather slim volume, but it is chock full of razor sharp insight, exquisite imagery, and of course Didion's signature crystalline prose! As always, Didion is at the top of her game, both as a reporter and storyteller. She is truly a literary genius!!...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    Apr 01, 2017
    How could I forget how perfectly Joan Didion could craft a sentence, capturing every nuance, every irony, even what was unsaid? Although the pieces in South and West never became published essays, the same quality remains. And I see why it is now that these notes for pieces that never got published ...
  • Chris
    Apr 17, 2017
    Jesus, Didion can write. And observe. Made me sorry I didn't take notes while I was traveling down south a month ago. This is my kind of book....