Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion audiobook

Let Me Tell You What I Mean

By Joan Didion
Read by Kimberly Farr  and Hilton Als

Random House Audio
4.10 Hours 1
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*A New York Times Best Seller*   From one of our most iconic and influential writers: a timeless collection of mostly early pieces that reveal what would become Joan Didion's subjects, including the press, politics, California robber barons, women, and her own self-doubt.   A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Vogue, TIMEBustle, The New York Times and many more.  These twelve pieces from 1968 to 2000, never before gathered together, offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary figure. They showcase Joan Didion's incisive reporting, her empathetic gaze, and her role as "an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time" (The New York Times Book Review). Here, Didion touches on topics ranging from newspapers ("the problem is not so much whether one trusts the news as to whether one finds it"), to the fantasy of San Simeon, to not getting into Stanford. In "Why I Write," Didion ponders the act of writing: "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means." From her admiration for Hemingway's sentences to her acknowledgment that Martha Stewart's story is one "that has historically encouraged women in this country, even as it has threatened men," these essays are acutely and brilliantly observed. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.

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New York Times bestseller

#1 Amazon bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

*A New York Times Best Seller*   From one of our most iconic and influential writers: a timeless collection of mostly early pieces that reveal what would become Joan Didion's subjects, including the press, politics, California robber barons, women, and her own self-doubt.   A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 from Vogue, TIMEBustle, The New York Times and many more.  These twelve pieces from 1968 to 2000, never before gathered together, offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary figure. They showcase Joan Didion's incisive reporting, her empathetic gaze, and her role as "an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time" (The New York Times Book Review). Here, Didion touches on topics ranging from newspapers ("the problem is not so much whether one trusts the news as to whether one finds it"), to the fantasy of San Simeon, to not getting into Stanford. In "Why I Write," Didion ponders the act of writing: "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means." From her admiration for Hemingway's sentences to her acknowledgment that Martha Stewart's story is one "that has historically encouraged women in this country, even as it has threatened men," these essays are acutely and brilliantly observed. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kimberly Farr’s clear, warm voice and intentional pacing—not too fast, not too slow—are the perfect vehicles for this collection of Joan Didion’s early journalism…Farr lets Didion’s incisive writing speak without verbal embellishment, which allows us to experience her unencumbered judgments, be they compassion, bewilderment, or profound irritation. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[These] essays are at once funny and touching, roving and no-nonsense…Didion’s pen is like a periscope onto the creative mind.” New York Times Book Review
“The twelve early pieces collected here underscore her singularity.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“The book traces her journey and development as a writer of magisterial (a word she would never use) command and finely measured style.” USA Today (4 out of 4 stars)

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Author Bio: Joan Didion

Author Bio: Joan Didion

Joan Didion is a New York Times bestselling author whose many books include The Year of Magical Thinking, winner of the National Book Award. She graduated from the University of California at Berkley and moved to New York after winning a contest at Vogue. Her first novel, Run River, was published to much acclaim in 1963. Her first nonfiction work was Slouching towards Bethlehem, which Alfred Kazin called “some of the best prose written today in this country.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 4.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English