We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction by Joan Didion

This book is a compilation of seven works of nonfiction that explore the themes of American culture, politics, and landscape. The author's sharp observational skills and distinctive narrative voice provide insightful commentary on a range of topics, from the counterculture of the 1960s to the breakdown of the nuclear family. Her essays are deeply personal, often reflecting on her own experiences and emotions, while also offering a broader critique of society. The collection is a testament to the power of storytelling, both in shaping our understanding of the world and in helping us navigate through life.

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Total Points: 189

Since this book was first published in 2006, there is a penalty of 51.2%. The age adjusted score is 92.23.

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