Where I Was From
Where I Was From


In her moving and insightful new book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality.

Combining history and reportage, memoir and literary criticism, Where I Was From explores California’s romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons. Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers (not excluding herself), Didion is an unparalleled observer, and her book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal.

Title Where I Was From
Author Joan Didion
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 14 September 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 240 p.
ISBN-10 0679752862
ISBN-13 9780679752868
Publication Date 14 September 2004
Main content page count 240
Weight 16 oz.
 


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