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Essential Essays from Joan Didion on Audio

Joan Didion, one of America’s most revered and influential writers known for her astute observations and timeless prose, passed away on December 23, 2021. Throughout her life, Didion received numerous honors for her work, including the National Book Award for her iconic memoir The Year of Magical Thinking. Didion’s most recent book, Let Me Tell You What I Mean, was published in January 2021, marking her tenth book of nonfiction.

Visit the audio editions of three of Didion’s essay collections, including Let Me Tell You What I Mean, narrated by Kimberly Farr–all vastly different from each other, and spanning topics from motherhood, to the state of journalism, to a ladies’ brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters’ Convention. Their common thread? They are all “classic Didion: incisive, bemused, and stunningly prescient.”

Author: Joan Didion
Read By: Kimberly Farr

Blue Nights is a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband. Throughout, Joan Didion examines her thoughts, fears, and doubts regarding having children, illness, and growing old.

“[Kimberly] Farr’s narration is haunting, but she keeps the sober tone of the book at a distance.”–AudioFile

Joan Didion always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles—South and West is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Additionally, the “California Notes” from 1976 show the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, and the western women who were heroic for her.

“Narrator Kimberly Farr dissolves the barrier between author and listener, creating an intimate atmosphere…Farr enlivens Didion’s recollections, highlighting the author’s curiosity about the people she meets and the conversations she overhears…” –AudioFile

The twelve never-before-gathered pieces in Let Me Tell You What I Mean, written from 1968 to 2000, 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) and offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary figure.

“Kimberly Farr’s clear, warm voice and intentional pacing…are the perfect vehicles for this collection of Joan Didion’s early journalism.” –AudioFile