The White Album

The White Album

Essays

eBook - 2017
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An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America by the New York Times --bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own "bad dreams" with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture. From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the "giddily splendid" Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogot©Ł, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus's footsteps--and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls--"toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes"--and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women's movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders--a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one. Written in "a voice like no other in contemporary journalism," The White Album is a masterpiece of literary reportage and a fearless work of autobiography by the National Book Award--winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times Book Review). Its power to electrify and inform remains undiminished nearly forty years after it was first published.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781504045667
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (224 pages)

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Sep 06, 2017

wonderful book of essays. her style is intimate, she brings one right there, to what she writes of. while drinking in a dive bar, she was gloomy, but none of that shows, here. one essay, about waiting to interview jim Morrison, waiting with the rest of the Doors, she doesn't seem to get it, that she is being brushed off. still, the essay entertains. why this title? I don't get that.

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