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South and West

Didion, Joan (Author). Farr, Kimberly, (narrator.).


Summary: 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 one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies' brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters' Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the "California Notes" that began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780525494188
  • ISBN: 0525494189
  • ISBN: 0525494200
  • ISBN: 9780525494201
  • Physical Description: 3 audio discs (2 hr., 51 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
    sound disc
  • Edition: Unabridged.
  • Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape : [2017]

Contents / Notes

General Note: Compact discs.
Title from label.
Participant or Performer Note: Read by Kimberly Farr ; with a foreword written and read by Nathaniel Rich.
Subject: Didion, Joan Travel
Didion, Joan
Didion, Joan Travel Southern States
Didion, Joan
Automobile travel Southern States
Novelists, American 20th century Biography
Nineteen seventies
United States Social life and customs 20th century
Southern States Social life and customs 20th century
Automobile travel
Novelists, American
Southern States
Genre: Travel writing.
Audiobooks collection -- Nonfiction.

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Athens Regional Library System:
      Athens-Clarke County Library
CD 813.54 DIDION
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      Fayette County Public Library
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