Joan Didion

Joan Didion

Joan Didion was a cultural commentator, a memoirist and an essayist. Her books have been recommended many times on Five Books.

The White Album is one of her most recommended works.

“I feel that Joan Didion is the patron saint of a maelstrom of culture and environment of a particular time.” Dan Richards.

Books by Joan Didion

This book is also chosen for the cheat factor: it has an amazing bibliography at the back. She mentions Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking (2005), which is amazing.

The best books on Grief recommended by Sophie Ratcliffe

Interviews where books by Joan Didion were recommended

The Best Narrative Nonfiction, recommended by Peter Hessler

Writer and journalist Peter Hessler selects five books, from Haight Ashbury to a fifth grade classroom, which show how nonfiction can bring true stories to life through literary techniques. He chooses the best of narrative nonfiction.

The best books on Sense of Place, recommended by Patrick Galbraith

Novelists, non-fiction writers and poets all attempt to create immersive and atmospheric settings in their books—what is called a ‘sense of place’ in literary terms. Here, the British journalist Patrick Galbraith selects five books that explore and evoke a sense of place—including works by Joan Didion, Mark Kurlansky and John McPhee.

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