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Didion, Joan

Works: 310 works in 1,283 publications in 22 languages and 55,000 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  History  Drama  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Portraits  Film adaptations  Detective and mystery films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Author of introduction, Creator, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3554.I33, 813.54
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A book of common prayer by Joan Didion( Book )

74 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 2,843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Charlotte travels to Boca Grande to find her fugitive daughter, she encounters Grace, a wealthy land-owner who knows too many secrets
Slouching towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion( Book )

73 editions published between 1961 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Play it as it lays, a novel by Joan Didion( Book )

85 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,668 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters and haunts the reader. Set in a place beyond good and evil-literally in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the barren wastes of the Mojave Desert, but figuratively in the landscape of an arid soul-it remains more than three decades after its original publication a profoundly disturbing novel, riveting in its exploration of a woman and a society in crisis and stunning in the still-startling intensity of its prose... Didion's classic book that takes the reader into the life of Maria Wyeth, actress, mother, daughter, divorced wife, a woman who has grown tired and desensitized to the fakeness and pain caused by the Hollywood and Las Vegas establishment. It is a life filled to the brim with movie premiers, booze, pills, suicide, casual, empty sex, abortions and nothing else. It is a world of plastic surgery and beautiful people, of Let's do lunch and venomous gossip... The language is stinging, fast-paced, lean, anti-Hollywood. --Christian Engler, et al at
Democracy : a novel by Joan Didion( Book )

57 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This tale of love and murder revolves around Inez Christian Victor, the wife of a man who wants to be President of the United States
The last thing he wanted by Joan Didion( Book )

32 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and German and held by 2,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A woman journalist quits her job on a Washington paper to look after her father, living on a Caribbean island where he smuggles guns to rebels in Central America. When he falls sick, she takes over
Miami by Joan Didion( Book )

35 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As this unerring social commentator follows Miami's drift into a Third World capital, she also locates its position in the secret history of the Cold War, from the Bay of Pigs to the Reagan doctrine and from the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate break-in. Miami is not just a portrait of a city, but a masterly study of immigration and exile, passion and hypocrisy--and of political violence turned as personal as a family feud."--Page 4 of cover
After Henry by Joan Didion( Book )

24 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and German and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

11 essays "organized by place (Washington, D.C.; LA; New York) ... defining the culture of our cities ..."
Where I was from by Joan Didion( Book )

21 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Swedish and held by 1,357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essayist explores American ideals of independence and self-reliance by probing her own life and those of her relatives, discussing how the character of California's settlers created the state as it exists today
Political fictions by Joan Didion( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of political essays originally written for "The New York Review of Books" from 1988 to 2000 explores the nature of American politics and political figures and the role of the media in transforming the American political landscape
Run River by Joan Didion( Book )

53 editions published between 1961 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, the great-grandchildren of California pioneers, become involved in murder and betrayal
Some women by Robert Mapplethorpe( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zwart-witte studiofoto's van Amerikaanse vrouwen en meisjes
A star is born by George Cukor( Visual )

17 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Struggling singer Esther Hoffman's life is forever changed the night fading rock star John Howard Norman staggers drunkenly into the small nightclub where she works. He gives her a career. She gives him her love. But the world won't let them have both
Joan Didion : essays & conversations( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verzameling essays over het werk van de Amerikaanse schrijfster (geb. 1944) en een aantal vraaggesprekken met haar
Fixed ideas : America since 9.11 by Joan Didion( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelist and essayist Joan Didion writes about the refusal of Americans to openly discuss and debate the Bush administration's new unilateralism toward both domestic and international policies since 9/11. This provocative and persuasive essay was originally published in The New York Review of Books, and garnered a tremendous response from the magazine's readers. In a preface commissioned for this book edition, Frank Rich, the popular op-ed columnist for The New York Times, echoes her argument with his own passionate analysis. Fixed Ideas is an incisive, timely political commentary from an American virtuoso
The white album by Joan Didion( Book )

58 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oorspronkelijke titel: The white album
Companionship in grief : love and loss in the memoirs of C.S. Lewis, John Bayley, Donald Hall, Joan Didion, and Calvin Trillin by Jeffrey Berman( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Companionship in Grief, Jeffrey Berman focuses on the most life-changing event for many people--the death of a spouse. Some of the most acclaimed memoirs of the past fifty years offer insights into this profound loss: C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed; John Bayley's three memoirs about Iris Murdoch, including Elegy for Iris; Donald Hall's The Best Day the Worst Day; Joan Didion's best-selling. The Year of Magical Thinking; and Calvin Trillin's About Alice. These books explore the nature of spousal bereavement, the importance of caregiving, the role of writing in recovery, and the possibility of falling in love again after a devastating loss. Throughout his study, Berman traces the theme of love and loss in all five memoirists' fictional and nonfictional writings as well as in those of their spouses, who were also accomplished writers." "Combining literary studies, grief and bereavement theory, attachment theory, composition studies, and trauma theory, Companionship in Grief will appeal to anyone who has experienced love and loss. Berman's research casts light on five remarkable marriages, showing how autobiographical stories of love and loss can memorialize deceased spouses and offer wisdom and comfort to readers." ""Jeffrey Berman's examination of each partner's writings gives this book its unique perspective. I know of no other work like his in thanatology; Companionship in Grief will make a significant contribution to persons interested in death, dying, and bereavement."--David Balk, editor-in-chief, Handbook of Thanatology: The Essential Body of Knowledge for the Study of Death, Dying, and Bereavement" ""This is a book that will be interesting to theorists of grief and grieving and to critics of contemporary British and American Literature while at the same time appealing to general readers who have themselves experienced crucial losses--or fear them."--Sandra M. Gilbert, author of Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Way We Grieve"--BOOK JACKET
The panic in Needle Park by Jerry Schatzberg( Visual )

12 editions published between 1971 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out at Sherman Square or "Needle Park" in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a small-time thief and addict, and Helen, a homeless girl abandoned by her lover after an illegal abortion
Vintage Didion by Joan Didion( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the greatest modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. "Didion has the instincts of an exceptional reporter and the focus of a historian . . . a novelist's appreciation of the surreal." 'Los Angeles Times Book Review Whether she's writing about civil war in Central America, political scurrility in Washington, or the tightl -braided myths and realities of her native California, Joan Didion expresses an unblinking vision of the truth. Vintage Didion includes three chapters from Miami; an excerpt from Salvador; and three separate essays from After Henry that cover topics from Ronald Reagan to the Central Park jogger case. Also included is "Clinton Agonistes" from Political Fictions, and "Fixed Opinions, or the Hinge of History," a scathing analysis of the ongoing war on terror. From the Trade Paperback edition
True confessions( Visual )

8 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 1940s Los Angeles detective hounds his monsignor brother about a pious pimp's tie to grisly murder
The year of magical thinking by Joan Didion( Book )

60 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Persoonlijk verslag van de Amerikaanse schrijfster over de plotselinge dood van haar man en de gelijktijdige ziekte van haar enige kind
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Alternative Names
Didion, Joan

Dunne, Joan 1934-

Ioanna Didion

Joan Didion Amerikaans auteur

Joan Didion amerikansk manusforfattar

Joan Didion amerikansk manusfrfattare

Joan Didion amerikansk manusforfatter

Joan Didion amerikansk manuskriptforfatter

Joan Didion giornalista, scrittrice e saggista statunitense

Joan Didion US-amerikanische Buchautorin und Journalistin

ג'ואן דידיון

דידיון, ג'ואן 1934-


ディディオン, ジョウン

ディディオン, ジョーン

Slouching towards BethlehemPlay it as it lays, a novelDemocracy : a novelThe last thing he wantedMiamiAfter HenryWhere I was fromPolitical fictions