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Author Didion, Joan, author.

Title South and West [sound recording] / Joan Didion.

Publication Info. [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape ; New York : Random House Audio, [2017]


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 GDL Central Library Audiobook CD    813 Didion,J DID    Available
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Description 3 audio discs (2 hr., 51 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Playing Time 025100
Description spoken word spw rdacontent
audio s rdamedia
audio disc sd rdacarrier
digital optical rda
audio file CD audio
Note Unabridged.
Performer Read by Kimberly Farr ; with a foreword written and read by Nathaniel Rich.
Note Compact discs.
Summary Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles--and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies' brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters' Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the "California Notes" that 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 city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From.
Subject Didion, Joan -- Travel.
Automobile travel -- Southern States.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Genre/Form Travel writing.
Added Author Farr, Kimberly, narrator.
ISBN 9780525494201
Music No. PRHA 6826 Penguin Random House Audio
40c70o Blackstone Audiobooks

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