Slouching Towards BethlehemPaperback - 2008
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Legendary journalist, memoirist and novelist Joan Didion turns 85 on December 4. In honor of her wide-ranging career, here are some top picks of her most ground-breaking work. Born in Sacramento, California, Didion frequently moved around as a young child as her father served in the Army Air Corps and therefore she did not attend school on a regular basis. Instead Didion recalls spending… (more)
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The center was not holding. It was a country of bankruptcy notices and public-auction announcements and commonplace reports of casual killings and misplaced children and abandoned homes and vandals who misplaced even the four-letter words they scrawled. It was a country in which families routinely disappeared, trailing bad checks and repossession papers. Adolescents drifted from city to torn city, sloughing off both the past and the future as snakes shed their skins, children who were never taught and would never now learn the games that had held the society together. People were missing. Children were missing. Parents were missing. Those left behind filed desultory missing- persons reports, then moved on themselves.
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