. And, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, in 1975, America is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam. As conceived by joan didion, senatorial groupies, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, the international arms market, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class.
Democracy Vintage International #ad - Inez victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency.
A Book of Common Prayer Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Immaculate of history, innocent of politics, " she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. Grace strasser-mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. Writing 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.
A book of common prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. As imagined by didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.
The Last Thing He Wanted Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Suddenly walking off the 1984 campaign, she finds herself boarding a plane for Florida to see her father, Dick McMahon. Soon to be a netflix filmthis intricate, fast-paced story, whose many scenes and details fit together like so many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, is Didion's incisive and chilling look at a modern world where things are not working as they should and where the oblique and official language is as sinister as the events it is covering up.
The narrator introduces elena mcmahon, her daughter, taking Catherine, Wynn Janklow, whom she has left, estranged from a life of celebrity fundraisers and from her powerful West Coast husband, to become a reporter for The Washington Post. This is our system, the one "trying to create a context for democracy and getting its hands a little dirty in the process.
". She becomes embroiled in her Dick's business though "she had trained herself since childhood not to have any interest in what he was doing. It is from this moment that she is caught up in something much larger than she could have imagined, something that includes Ambassador-at-Large Treat Austin Morrison and Alexander Brokaw, the ambassador to an unnamed Caribbean island.
The Last Thing He Wanted Vintage International #ad - Into this startling vision of conspiracies, and assassinations, Iran-Contra, and Castro, arms dealing, Didion makes connections among Dallas, and points up how "spectral companies with high-concept names tended to interlock. As this book builds to its terrifying finish, we see the underpinnings of a dark historical underbelly.
The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as HistoryOdyssey Editions #ad - Alongside his contemporaries, mailer went, participated, suffered, witnessed, and then wrote one of the most stark and intelligent appraisals of the 1960s: its myths, heroes, and demons. The armies of the night chronicles the famed october 1967 march on the Pentagon, in which all of the old and new Left—hippies, yuppies, Christians, feminists, Quakers, Weathermen, and intellectuals—came together to protest the Vietnam War.
Winner of the pulitzer prize and the national book award and a cornerstone of new journalism, fiction and nonfiction, The Armies of the Night is not only a fascinating foray into that mysterious terrain between novel and history, in this nonfiction novel, but also a key chapter in the autobiography of Norman Mailer—who, becomes his own great character, letting history in all its complexity speak through him.
Political FictionsVintage #ad - She tells us the uncomfortable truth about the way we vote, the candidates we vote for, and the people who tell us to vote for them. National bestsellerin 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, and an unforgettable sex scandal, one presidential impeachment, Didion reveals the mechanics of American politics. These pieces build, into a disturbing portrait of the American political landscape, one on the other, providing essential reading on our democracy.
Political Fictions #ad - One of our most cherished and insightful explicators of American culture. Brings her perspective to the ultimate insider world. San francisco chronicle Winner of the George Polk Book Award.
Run River Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Joan 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, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, Lily, sympathy, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, and suspense.
Salvador Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - The writer is joan didion, rationales, who delivers an anatomy of that country's particular brand of terror–its mechanisms, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy. As ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb "to disappear, interviews a puppet president, " Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.
Terror is the given of the place. The place is el salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war.
MiamiOpen Road Media #ad - With a booming drug trade, staggering racial and class inequities, and skyrocketing murder rates, Miami in the 1980s felt more like a Third World capital than a modern American city. In miami, the national book award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking looks beyond postcard images of fluorescent waters, backlit islands, and pastel architecture to explore the murkier waters of a city on the edge.
Didion describes the violence, passion, and paranoia of these troubled times in arresting detail and “beautifully evocative prose” The New York Times Book Review. . An astonishing account of cuban exiles, CIA informants, and cocaine traffickers in Florida by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West.
Miami #ad - A vital report on an immigrant community traumatized by broken dreams and the cynicism of US foreign policy, Miami is a masterwork of literary journalism whose insights are timelier and more important than ever. From fidel castro and the bay of pigs invasion to lee harvey oswald and the kennedy assassination to Oliver North and the Iran–Contra affair, Joan Didion uncovers political intrigues and shadowy underworld connections, and documents the US government’s “seduction and betrayal” of the Cuban exile community in Dade County.
She writes of hotels that offer “guerrilla discounts, ” gun shops that advertise Father’s Day deals, and a real-estate market where “Unusual Security and Ready Access to the Ocean” are perks for wealthy homeowners looking to make a quick escape.
After Henry: EssaysOpen Road Media #ad - Incisive essays on patty hearst and reagan, the Central Park jogger and the Santa Ana winds, from the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. Dedicated to henry robbins, didion’s friend and editor from 1966 until his death in 1979, After Henry is an indispensable collection of “superior reporting and criticism” from a writer on whom we have relied for more than fifty years “to get the story straight” Los Angeles Times.
. Whether dissecting the 1988 presidential campaign, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” Joyce Carol Oates, exploring the commercialization of a Hollywood murder, Joan Didion proves that she is one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, or reporting on the “sideshows” of foreign wars, The New York Times Book Review.
After Henry: Essays #ad - In these eleven essays covering the national scene from washington, dc; california; and New York, the acclaimed author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album “captures the mood of America” and confirms her reputation as one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers The New York Times.
Highlights include “in the realm of the fisher king, two “actors on location;” and “girl of the Golden West, ” a portrait of the White House under the stewardship of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, ” a meditation on the Patty Hearst case that draws an unexpected and insightful parallel between the kidnapped heiress and the emigrants who settled California.
Sentimental journeys” is a deeply felt study of New York media coverage of the brutal rape of a white investment banker in Central Park, a notorious crime that exposed the city’s racial and class fault lines.
Three Plays by Edward Albee: The Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox, The American DreamAbrams Press #ad - Representing the bold and exciting periods in the then young career of widely considered America's most popular and imaginative playwrights, this edition is a must-have for theater lovers. This new collection features three acclaimed one-act plays from Edward Albee's early years. These three plays tackle major themes such as race relations, American family life, and the essence of theater itself -- each of which still continue to resonate.
. With the initial productions of the death of bessie Smith, and The American Dream, The Sandbox, Albee consolidated his reputation as a brilliant new talent of the New York theater scene.
Play It as It Lays: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - . A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album The Washington Post Book World. Raised in the ghost town of silver wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang.
But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Spare, and terrifying, elegant, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone. Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’, ” Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream The New York Times.
Her daughter, kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain. Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review.
Play It as It Lays: A Novel #ad - Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped. But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.