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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Hardcover – 17 October 2006

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“[Didion’s is] one of the most recognizable—and brilliant—literary styles to emerge in America during the past four decades . . . [She is] a great American writer.”
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“One beautiful sentence follows another . . . Didion has remained a clearheaded and original writer all her long life.”

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—from the Introduction by John Leonard

About the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

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  • Publisher : Everyman's Library (17 October 2006)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 1160 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0307264874
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0307264879
  • Item Weight : 1 kg 40 g
  • Dimensions : 13.67 x 5.33 x 21.11 cm
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