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Joan Didion lived a life in the public and private eye with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. The two were wildly successful writing partners when they moved to Los Angeles and co-wrote screenplays and adaptations together. Didion is well-known for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction. Some of her most- notable work includes Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Run River, and The Year of Magical Thinking, a National Book Award winner and shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, it dealt with the grief surrounding Didion after the loss of her husband and daughter. Daughtery takes readers on a journey back through time, following a young Didion 3% in Sacramento through to her adult life as a writer interviewing those who know and knew her personally, while maintaining a respectful distance from the reclusive literary great. Lifelong fans and readers learning about Didion for the first time will be enthralled with this impressive tribute.

Publisher: St Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250105943
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 601 g
Dimensions: 209 x 140 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Praise for "Just One Catch"
"A masterful, wonderfully thought-provoking biography about one of America's greatest contributors to 20th century literature. Both touching and illuminating, this is that rare biography worthy of its source material." --Stan Lee
Praise for "Hiding Man"
"Lucky all of us to get this great loving book." --Jonathan Lethem
"The inimitable Don B is fortunate in his biographer: "Hiding Man" is a richly detailed, full-length portrait of the artist at all stages of his too-short life." --John Barth

"A monumental, novelistic examination of Joan Didion's life and career...Daugherty crafts a complex, intricately shaded portrait of a woman also known for her inner toughness and intellectual rigor. This landmark work renders a nuanced analysis of a literary life, lauds Didion's indelible contributions to American literature and journalism (especially New Journalism), and documents a 'style [that] has become the music of our time.'" --"Publisher's Weekly"

"A strong biography. Who wouldn't want to read this 'hot' book?" --"Library Journal, (Starred Review)"

"An eloquent work on the life of Joan Didion (b. 1934), fashioning her story as no less than the rupture of the American narrative...In this wonderfully engaging biography, Daugherty (English and Creative Writing/Oregon State Univ.; Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller, 2011, etc.) wisely sticks to Didion's near obsession with making sense of an increasingly incoherent narrative during the tumultuous decades of the waning 20th century...A dogged biographer elicits from Didion's life much more than tidy observations of "morality and culture." --"Kirkus Reviews, (Starred Review)"

"In this engrossing biography of exceptional vibrancy, velocity, and perception, Daugherty astutely elucidates Didion's ever-evolving artistic explorations and political critiques as she interrogates the meaning and 'intelligibility' of literature and life. He also portrays this intensely candid, searching writer as endlessly hardworking, brilliantly innovative, and as sensitive as a tuning fork or divining rod, trembling with the intensity of it all, perfect in pitch, stunning in revelation." --"Booklist, (Starred Review)"

"A masterful, wonderfully thought-provoking biography about one of America's greatest contributors to 20th century literature. Both touching and illuminating, this is that rare biography worthy of its source material." --"Stan Lee on Just One Catch"

"Lucky all of us to get this great loving book." --"Jonathan Lethem on Hiding Man"

"The inimitable Don B is fortunate in his biographer: "Hiding Man" is a richly detailed, full-length portrait of the artist at all stages of his too-short life." --"John Barth on Hiding Man"


A monumental, novelistic examination of Joan Didion's life and career...Daugherty crafts a complex, intricately shaded portrait of a woman also known for her inner toughness and intellectual rigor. This landmark work renders a nuanced analysis of a literary life, lauds Didion's indelible contributions to American literature and journalism (especially New Journalism), and documents a 'style [that] has become the music of our time.' "Publisher's Weekly"

A strong biography. Who wouldn't want to read this 'hot' book? "Library Journal, (Starred Review)"

An eloquent work on the life of Joan Didion (b. 1934), fashioning her story as no less than the rupture of the American narrative...In this wonderfully engaging biography, Daugherty (English and Creative Writing/Oregon State Univ.; Just One Catch: A Biography of Joseph Heller, 2011, etc.) wisely sticks to Didion's near obsession with making sense of an increasingly incoherent narrative during the tumultuous decades of the waning 20th century...A dogged biographer elicits from Didion's life much more than tidy observations of "morality and culture. "Kirkus Reviews, (Starred Review)"

In this engrossing biography of exceptional vibrancy, velocity, and perception, Daugherty astutely elucidates Didion's ever-evolving artistic explorations and political critiques as she interrogates the meaning and 'intelligibility' of literature and life. He also portrays this intensely candid, searching writer as endlessly hardworking, brilliantly innovative, and as sensitive as a tuning fork or divining rod, trembling with the intensity of it all, perfect in pitch, stunning in revelation. "Booklist, (Starred Review)"

A masterful, wonderfully thought-provoking biography about one of America's greatest contributors to 20th century literature. Both touching and illuminating, this is that rare biography worthy of its source material. "Stan Lee on Just One Catch"

Lucky all of us to get this great loving book. "Jonathan Lethem on Hiding Man"

The inimitable Don B is fortunate in his biographer: "Hiding Man" is a richly detailed, full-length portrait of the artist at all stages of his too-short life. "John Barth on Hiding Man""


Compelling. "Washington Post"

Thoughtful and ambitious. "New York Times, "Michiko Kakutani

It is rare to find a biographer so temperamentally, intellectually, and even stylistically matched with his subject as Tracy Daugherty. Joyce Carol Oates, "New York Review of Books"

Intelligent and elegant. Louis Menand, "The New Yorker""


Compelling. Washington Post

Thoughtful and ambitious. Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

It is rare to find a biographer so temperamentally, intellectually, and even stylistically matched with his subject as Tracy Daugherty. Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

Intelligent and elegant. Louis Menand, The New Yorker

A- Entertainment Weekly

A comprehensive, absorbing look at the life of th iconic author Joan Didion (our literary girl crush!) by a top-notch biographer. Good Housekeeping

[Daugherty] gets friends talking, and he nails the ways in which history and culture shaped a writer who returned the favor. New York Magazine

Mind-bogglingly well-researched. Elle

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"Compelling." --Washington Post

"Thoughtful and ambitious." -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"It is rare to find a biographer so temperamentally, intellectually, and even stylistically matched with his subject as Tracy Daugherty." --Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

"Intelligent and elegant." --Louis Menand, The New Yorker

"A-"--Entertainment Weekly

"A comprehensive, absorbing look at the life of th iconic author Joan Didion (our literary girl crush!) by a top-notch biographer."--Good Housekeeping

"[Daugherty] gets friends talking, and he nails the ways in which history and culture shaped a writer who returned the favor." --New York Magazine

"Mind-bogglingly well-researched."--Elle


-Compelling.- --Washington Post

-Thoughtful and ambitious.- -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

-It is rare to find a biographer so temperamentally, intellectually, and even stylistically matched with his subject as Tracy Daugherty.- --Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

-Intelligent and elegant.- --Louis Menand, The New Yorker

-A----Entertainment Weekly

-A comprehensive, absorbing look at the life of th iconic author Joan Didion (our literary girl crush!) by a top-notch biographer.---Good Housekeeping

-[Daugherty] gets friends talking, and he nails the ways in which history and culture shaped a writer who returned the favor.- --New York Magazine

-Mind-bogglingly well-researched.---Elle

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