Joan Didion

Winner, 2005 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1981 National Book Awards

Joan Didion’s five novels are Run River (1963), Play It As It Lays (1970), A Book of Common Prayer (1977), Democracy (1984), and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Her nonfiction books are Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1978), Salvador (1983), Miami (1987), After Henry (1992), Political Fictions (2001), Where I Was From (2003) and The Year of Magical Thinking(2005), a memoir, which won the National Book Award.
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The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion book cover, 2005
ISBN 9781400043149 Knopf

A stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage and the life that surrounds it, in good times and bad. More about this book >

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The White Album

cover of The White Album by Joan Didion
ISBN 9780374532079

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Joan Didion Accepts the 2007 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters


Michael Cunningham Presents Joan Didion with the 2007 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

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Joan Didion

Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California in 1934 and has been a novelist, essayist and screenwriter for more than three decades.

Her five novels are Run River (1963), Play It As It Lays (1970), A Book of Common Prayer (1977), Democracy (1984), and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Her nonfiction books are Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1978), Salvador (1983), Miami (1987), After Henry (1992), Political Fictions (2001), Where I Was From (2003) and The Year of Magical Thinking(2005), a memoir, which won the National Book Award. Ms. Didion adapted her memoir into a Broadway play starring Vanessa Redgrave. She is a contributor to The New York Review of Booksand The New Yorker. Ms. Didion and her late husband, John Gregory Dunne, co-authored several screenplays. In 2005, Didion received the Gold Medal for Belles Lettres from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is the highest honor the Academy awards to a writer. She lives in New York City.

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