South and West

South and West

From A Notebook

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks offer insights into the author's literary mind and process and includes notes on her Sacramento upbringing, her life in the Gulf states, her views on prominent locals and her experiences during a formative "Rolling Stone" assignment.
Joan Didion has always kept notebooks of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays, and copies of articles. "Notes on the South" traces a road trip she took with her husband John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Her acute observations about the small towns they pass through, her interviews with prominent local figures, and their preoccupation with race, class, and heritage seem to suggest a South largely unchanged today. "California notes" began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the West, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781524732790
Characteristics: xx, 126 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Rich, Nathaniel 1980-


From Library Staff

hholley Nov 16, 2017

A quick, thoughtful read in the classic Joan Didion writing style.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

hholley Nov 16, 2017

A quick, thoughtful read in the classic Joan Didion writing style.

Apr 27, 2017

Joan Didion's craft is the very best of the latter half of the 20th century.
You will learn something; something important.
A new word or phrase will expand your intellect.
You will also laugh a great deal.
Most writers do not come close.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top