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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics) Hardcover – 17 Oct 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1122 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (17 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307264874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307264879
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 5.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Didion's is] one of the most recognizable--and brilliant--literary styles to emerge in America during the past four decades . . . [She is] a great American writer."
--"New York Times Book Review"
"One beautiful sentence follows another . . . Didion has remained a clearheaded and original writer all her long life."
--"Newsweek"
"Her intelligence is as honed as ever . . . Her vision is ice-water clear . . . Didion has captured the mood of America."
--"New York Times"
"Many of us have tried, and failed, to master [Didion's] gift for the single ordinary deflating word, the word that spins an otherwise flat sentence through five degrees of irony. But her sentences could only be hers."
--"Chicago Tribune"
"I have been trying forever to figure out why [Didion's] sentences are better than mine or yours . . . Something about [their] cadence. They come at you, if not from ambush, then in gnomic haikus, ice pick laser beams, or waves. Even the space on the page around these sentences is more interesting than it ought to be, as if to square a sandbox for a Sphinx."
--from the Introduction by John Leonard

[Didion s is] one of the most recognizable and brilliant literary styles to emerge in America during the past four decades . . . [She is] a great American writer.
"New York Times Book Review"
One beautiful sentence follows another . . . Didion has remained a clearheaded and original writer all her long life.
"Newsweek"
Her intelligence is as honed as ever . . . Her vision is ice-water clear . . . Didion has captured the mood of America.
"New York Times"
Many of us have tried, and failed, to master [Didion s] gift for the single ordinary deflating word, the word that spins an otherwise flat sentence through five degrees of irony. But her sentences could only be hers.
"Chicago Tribune"
I have been trying forever to figure out why [Didion s] sentences are better than mine or yours . . . Something about [their] cadence. They come at you, if not from ambush, then in gnomic haikus, ice pick laser beams, or waves. Even the space on the page around these sentences is more interesting than it ought to be, as if to square a sandbox for a Sphinx.
from the Introduction by John Leonard"

About the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.


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A beautiful binding of exceptional work. It's huge, though. So make room for it on your shelf!
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if you read, or write, or think, you need to read joan didion. this collection of her non-fiction is a treasure.
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Joan Didion fans everywhere will be expecting hollow, aching, brave .. it's all in here.
Evocative tales of a life lived inquisitively
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Brilliant unfolding of a very good piece of literature
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