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Best Joan Didion Books You Must Read

Here is a list of the best Joan Didion books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Year of Magical Thinking (2007)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadFrom one of America’s iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.
Author(s): Joan Didion

The White Album: Essays (FSG Classics) (2009)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadFirst published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era―including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall―through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it.
Author(s): Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) (2008)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadThe 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.
Author(s): Joan Didion

Play It As It Lays: A Novel (FSG Classics) (2005)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadA ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader.
Author(s): Joan Didion, David Thomson

Blue Nights (2012)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadFrom one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter.Richly textured with memories from her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new book by Joan Didion is an intensely personal and moving account of her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness and growing old.As she reflects on her daugh…
Author(s): Joan Didion

South and West: From a Notebook (Vintage International) (2018)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadJoan Didion has always kept notebooks—of overheard dialogue, interviews, drafts of essays, copies of articles. South and West gives us two extended excerpts from notebooks she kept in the 1970s; read together, they form a piercing view of the American political and cultural landscape.   “Notes on the South” traces a road trip that she and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, took through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Author(s): Joan Didion

Best American Essays of the Century (2000)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadBest American Essays of Century by Joyce Carol Ed. Oates and Robert Ed. Atwan. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2000
Author(s): Oates, Joyce Carol; Atwan, Robert, Editors; selections Dillard, Annie; Didion, Joan; Wright, Richard…

Where I Was From (2004)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadIn her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours.
Author(s): Joan Didion

Political Fictions (2002)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadIn these coolly observant essays, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at “that handful of insiders who invent, year in and year out, the narrative of public life.” Through the deconstruction of the sound bites and photo ops of three presidential campaigns, one presidential impeachment, and an unforgettable sex scandal, Didion reveals the mechanics of American politics.
Author(s): Joan Didion

After Henry (1993)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadIn her latest forays into the American scene, Joan Didion covers ground from Washington to Los Angeles, from a TV producer’s gargantuan "manor" to the racial battlefields of New York’s criminal courts.
Author(s): Joan Didion

A Book of Common Prayer (1995)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadWriting with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil. is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country’s wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little.
Author(s): Joan Didion

Run River (1994)

 Best Joan Didion Books You Must ReadJoan Didion’s electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California. Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, sympathy, and suspense.
Author(s): Joan Didion

Best Joan Didion Books You Must Read

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Joan Didion: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations

ID: 3413232, Publisher: Melville House, Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

Author(s): Joan Didion
ID: 2900903, Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Year: 2021, Size: 372 Kb, Format: epub

Joan Didion: Substance and Style

Author(s): Kathleen M. Vandenberg
ID: 3082237, Publisher: SUNY Press, Year: 2021, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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