Joan Didion, who died at age 87 on 23 December, astutely sized up American culture from the 1960s onward in a series of nonfiction and fiction works that met with both critical and popular acclaim. The prolific Didion is perhaps still best known for her first two essay collections, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album, which captured the hedonism and excesses of the American counterculture, but she continued to publish relevant work up to the year of her death.
Didion also explored painful periods in her own life in The Year of Magical Thinking, about the death of her husband, author John Gregory Dunn, in 2003, and in Blue Nights, about the death of her and Dunn’s adopted daughter just two years later.
Check the following list for Didion titles in our collection. Two compilations, Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s (nonfiction and fiction) and We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (nonfiction), are good places to start as they present some of her best-known works in a single volume.