Book Club: “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” by Joan Didion

Book Club: "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion

When we read “The White Album” for Book Club last July, it was so popular that I suggested we read more of her work. So in 2023, starting in March, we will begin our Joan Didion Book Club on the third Thursday of every month. (Regular Book Club will continue of the last Thursday of every month.)

Our first discussion will be “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” Didion’s book of essays from 1968. her most famous book next to “The White Album,” this is a good place to start for new and long-time readers alike.

“Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion’s first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the “best prose written in this country.”

More than perhaps any other book, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the unique time and place of Joan Didion’s focus, exploring subjects such as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture. As Joyce Carol Oates remarked: “[Didion] has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control.”

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Date(s) - Thu, Mar 23, 2023
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Alibi Bookshop
624 Marin St., Vallejo


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