The narrator introduces elena mcmahon, estranged from a life of celebrity fundraisers and from her powerful West Coast husband, whom she has left, taking Catherine, Wynn Janklow, her daughter, to become a reporter for The Washington Post. She becomes embroiled in her Dick's business though "she had trained herself since childhood not to have any interest in what he was doing.
The Last Thing He Wanted Vintage International #ad - It is from this moment that she is caught up in something much larger than she could have imagined, something that includes Ambassador-at-Large Treat Austin Morrison and Alexander Brokaw, the ambassador to an unnamed Caribbean island. Into this startling vision of conspiracies, and assassinations, Didion makes connections among Dallas, and Castro, Iran-Contra, arms dealing, and points up how "spectral companies with high-concept names tended to interlock.
As this book builds to its terrifying finish, we see the underpinnings of a dark historical underbelly. Suddenly walking off the 1984 campaign, she finds herself boarding a plane for Florida to see her father, Dick McMahon.
A Book of Common Prayer Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - A Book of Common Prayer Vintage International #ad - As imagined by didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence. Immaculate of history, innocent of politics, " she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. Writing with the telegraphic swiftness and microscopic sensitivity that have made her one of our most distinguished journalists, Joan Didion creates a shimmering novel of innocence and evil.
A book of common prayer is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace strasser-mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little.
Democracy Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - And, in 1975, america is doing its best to lose track of its one-time client, the year in which much of this bitterly funny novel is set, the lethally hemorrhaging republic of South Vietnam. As conceived by joan didion, senatorial groupies, a fallout that also includes fact-finding junkets, the international arms market, these personages and events constitute the terminal fallout of democracy, and the Orwellian newspeak of the political class.
Democracy Vintage International #ad - Her senator husband wants to forget the failure of his last bid for the presidency. But the people around Inez have made careers out of losing track. Her husband's handler would like the press to forget that Inez's father is a murderer. Moving deftly from honolulu to jakarta, and tragedy, farce, between romance, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase.
Inez victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory.
Run River Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Run River Vintage International #ad - Joan didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a marriage whose wrong turns and betrayals are at once absolutely idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp commentary on the history of California. Everett mcclellan and his wife, lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience, sympathy, a story of murder and betrayal that only Didion could tell with such nuance, and suspense.
Mumbo Jumbo: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - His style throughout is as avant-garde and vibrant as the music at its center. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ishmael Reed including rare images of the author. In addition to ragtime, and jazz, the back to Africa movement, Reed’s allegory draws on the Harlem Renaissance, blues, and America’s occupation of Haiti.
. But papa labas, a houngan voodoo priest, is determined to keep his ancient culture—including a key spiritual text—alive. Spanning a dizzying host of genres, from cinema to academia to mythology, Mumbo Jumbo is a lively ride through a key decade of American history. Anyone is vulnerable and when they catch it, they’ll bump and grind into a frenzy.
Mumbo Jumbo: A Novel #ad - Working to combat the jes grew infection are the puritanical Atonists, a group bent on cultivating a “Talking Android, ” an African American who will infiltrate the unruly black communities and help crush the outbreak. From new orleans to chicago to new york, the “Jes Grew” epidemic makes people desperate to dance, overturning social norms in the process.
Ishmael reed’s inspired fable of the ragtime era, in which a social movement threatens to suppress the spread of black culture—hailed by Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred greatest books of the Western canonIn 1920s America, a plague is spreading fast.
After Henry: EssaysOpen Road Media #ad - Incisive essays on patty hearst and reagan, the Central Park jogger and the Santa Ana winds, from the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. . Whether dissecting the 1988 presidential campaign, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” Joyce Carol Oates, or reporting on the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion proves that she is one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, exploring the commercialization of a Hollywood murder, The New York Times Book Review.
Sentimental journeys” is a deeply felt study of New York media coverage of the brutal rape of a white investment banker in Central Park, a notorious crime that exposed the city’s racial and class fault lines. Dedicated to henry robbins, didion’s friend and editor from 1966 until his death in 1979, After Henry is an indispensable collection of “superior reporting and criticism” from a writer on whom we have relied for more than fifty years “to get the story straight” Los Angeles Times.
After Henry: Essays #ad - In these eleven essays covering the national scene from washington, dc; california; and New York, the acclaimed author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album “captures the mood of America” and confirms her reputation as one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers The New York Times.
Highlights include “in the realm of the fisher king, two “actors on location;” and “girl of the Golden West, ” a portrait of the White House under the stewardship of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, ” a meditation on the Patty Hearst case that draws an unexpected and insightful parallel between the kidnapped heiress and the emigrants who settled California.
Where I Was From Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Where i was from, in didion’s words, confusions as much about america as about California, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.
The book is a haunting narrative of how her own family moved west with the frontier from the birth of her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother in Virginia in 1766 to the death of her mother on the edge of the Pacific in 2001; of how the wagon-train stories of hardship and abandonment and endurance created a culture in which survival would seem the sole virtue.
Where I Was From Vintage International #ad - In where i was from, didion turns what john leonard has called “her sonar ear, then to the aerospace industry, as well as that of such California writers as Frank Norris and Jack London and Henry George, her radar eye” onto her own work, to examine how the folly and recklessness in the very grain of the California settlement led to the California we know today–a state mortgaged first to the railroad, and overwhelmingly to the federal government, a dependent colony of those political and corporate owners who fly in for the annual encampment of the Bohemian Club.
. Here is the one writer we always want to read on California showing us the startling contradictions in its–and in America’s–core values. Joan didion’s unerring sense of america and its spirit, her acute interpretation of its institutions and literature, and her incisive questioning of the stories it tells itself make this fiercely intelligent book a provocative and important tour de force from one of our greatest writers.
In this moving and unexpected book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her history, her work, and ours.
Political FictionsVintage #ad - These pieces build, into a disturbing portrait of the American political landscape, one on the other, providing essential reading on our democracy. One of our most cherished and insightful explicators of American culture. Brings her perspective to the ultimate insider world. San francisco chronicle Winner of the George Polk Book Award.
National bestsellerin these coolly observant essays, year in and year out, Joan Didion looks at the American political process and at "that handful of insiders who invent, the narrative of public life. Through the deconstruction of the sound bites and photo ops of three presidential campaigns, one presidential impeachment, and an unforgettable sex scandal, Didion reveals the mechanics of American politics.
Political Fictions #ad - She tells us the uncomfortable truth about the way we vote, the candidates we vote for, and the people who tell us to vote for them.
MiamiOpen Road Media #ad - An astonishing account of cuban exiles, CIA informants, and cocaine traffickers in Florida by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West. With a booming drug trade, staggering racial and class inequities, and skyrocketing murder rates, Miami in the 1980s felt more like a Third World capital than a modern American city.
In miami, backlit islands, the national book award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking looks beyond postcard images of fluorescent waters, and pastel architecture to explore the murkier waters of a city on the edge. Didion describes the violence, passion, and paranoia of these troubled times in arresting detail and “beautifully evocative prose” The New York Times Book Review.
Miami #ad - . She writes of hotels that offer “guerrilla discounts, ” gun shops that advertise Father’s Day deals, and a real-estate market where “Unusual Security and Ready Access to the Ocean” are perks for wealthy homeowners looking to make a quick escape. A vital report on an immigrant community traumatized by broken dreams and the cynicism of US foreign policy, Miami is a masterwork of literary journalism whose insights are timelier and more important than ever.
From fidel castro and the bay of pigs invasion to lee harvey oswald and the kennedy assassination to Oliver North and the Iran–Contra affair, Joan Didion uncovers political intrigues and shadowy underworld connections, and documents the US government’s “seduction and betrayal” of the Cuban exile community in Dade County.
Salvador Vintage InternationalVintage #ad - Terror is the given of the place. The place is el salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. The writer is joan didion, who delivers an anatomy of that country's particular brand of terror–its mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy. As ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb "to disappear, " Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.
Play It as It Lays: A NovelOpen Road Media #ad - Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone. Raised in the ghost town of silver wells, Nevada, Maria Wyeth is an ex-model and the star of two films directed by her estranged husband, Carter Lang. Told with profound economy of style and a “vision as bleak and precise as Eliot’s in ‘The Wasteland’, ” Play It as It Lays ruthlessly dissects the dark heart of the American dream The New York Times.
But in the spiritual desert of 1960s Los Angeles, Maria has lost the plot of her own life. Her daughter, kate, was born with an “aberrant chemical in her brain. Her long-troubled marriage has slipped beyond repair, and her disastrous love affairs and strained friendships provide little comfort. A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album The Washington Post Book World.
Play It as It Lays: A Novel #ad - Her only escape is to get in her car and drive the freeway—in the fast lane with the radio turned up high—until it runs out “somewhere no place at all where the flawless burning concrete just stopped. But every ride to nowhere, every sleepless night numbed by pills and booze and sex, makes it harder for Maria to find the meaning in another day.
It is a searing masterpiece “from one of the very few writers of our time who approaches her terrible subject with absolute seriousness, with fear and humility and awe” Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review. .