After Henry by Joan Didion

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The observant author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album presents insightful essays that discern the social and political importance behind the day's most lurid news. 75,000 first printing. National ad/promo.
 

About Joan Didion

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Born in Sacramento, California, on December 5, 1934, Joan Didion received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956. Joan Didion wrote for Vogue from 1956 to 1963, and was visiting regent's lecturer in English at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. Didion also publishes novels, short stories, social commentary, and essays. Her work often comments on social disorder. Didion wrote for years on her native California; from there her perspective broadened and turned to the countries of Central America and Southeast Asia. Her novels include Democracy (1984) and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Well known nonfiction titles include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) and The White Album (1979). In 1971 Joan Didion was nominated for the National Book Award in fiction for Play It As It Lays. In 1981 she received the American Book Award in nonfiction, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Prize in nonfiction for The White Album.
 
Published May 1, 1992 by Simon & Schuster. 319 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In these pieces, mostly from The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, Didion artfully points out the "chasm" between "actual life and its preferred narratives."

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Publishers Weekly

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One of America's premier essayists discusses Patty Hearst, the Central Park ogger, the 1988 Hollywood writers' strike, Reagan and Bush.

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Publishers Weekly

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In her first collection of essays since The White Album , Didion takes a look at the 1980s with her trademark style--at once languid and piercing--intact. Named for her former editor, the late Henry R

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Didion's goal, fully achieved, is to fight the "sentimental narrative" by which a 29-year-old woman who was nearly beaten to death in Central Park was "wrenched, even as she hung between death and life and later between insentience and sentience, into New York's ideal sister, daughter, Bacharach ...

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Factor in that this collection of essays, previously published in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books and New West, is uneven and that some of the pieces—particularly the 1990 essay on the Central Park jogger rape case—are one-third again too long.

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