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...
  • 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...
  • Dianne
    May 13, 2017
    Think of this as a literary sketchbook, full of jotted down conversation scraps, impressions, memories and thoughts. Most of the book is Didion's reflections on the South circa 1970. The smaller portion of the book deals with California around the time of the Patty Hearst trial. I loved the section ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lauren
    May 14, 2017
    Setting: 1970 Deep South roadtrip - Louisiana, Mississippi, AlabamaDidion takes one month to travel the rural south to better understand "the west". She sees these two cardinal directions as linked in the American psyche, and forges that link more intricately in this piece. Three-quarters of the boo...
  • Cheryl
    May 01, 2017
    "We sat out in back by the bayou and drank gin and tonics and when a light rain began to fall, a kind of mist, Walker never paid any mind but just kept talking, and walking up to the house to get fresh drinks. It was a thunderstorm, with odd light, and there were occasional water-skiers on the black...