Where I Was From

Where I Was From Author Joan Didion
ISBN-10 0679752862
ISBN-13 9780679752868
Year 2004-09-14
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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In her moving and insightful new book Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life her work her history and ours A native Californian Didion applies her scalpel like intelligence to the states ethic of ruthless self sufficiency in order to examine that ethics often tenuous relationship to reality Combining history and reportage memoir and literary criticism Where I Was From explores Californias romances with land and water its unacknowledged debts to railroads aerospace and big government the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators robber barons or writers not excluding herself Didion is an unparalleled observer and her book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal

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