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Blue Nights

Hardcover |English |0307267679 | 9780307267672

Blue Nights

Hardcover |English |0307267679 | 9780307267672
Overview
“A haunting memoir . . . Didion is, to my mind, the best living essayist in America . . . What appears on the surface to be an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written story of the loss of a beloved child is actually an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written glimpse into the abyss, a book that forces us to understand, to admit, that there can be no preparation for tragedy, no protection from it, and so, finally, no consolation . . . The book has . . . an incantatory quality: it is a beautiful, soaring, polyphonic eulogy, a beseeching prayer the is sung even as one knows the answer to one’s plea, and that answer is: No.”—Cathleen Schine,The New York Review of Books “Blue Nights, though aselegantly written as one would expect, is rawer than its predecessor, the ‘impenetrable polish’ of former, better days nowchipped and scratched. The author as she presents herself here, aging and baffled, is defenseless against the pain of loss, not only the loss of loved ones but the loss that is yet to come: the loss, that is, of selfhood. The book will be another huge success . . . Certainly as a testament of suffering nobly borne, which is what it will be generally taken for, it is exemplary. However, it is most profound, and most provocative, at another level, the level at whichthe author comes fully to realize, and to face squarely, the dismaying fact that against life’s worst onslaughts nothing avails, not even art; especially not art.”—John Banville,The New York Times Book Review "The marvel of Blue Nights is that its 76-year-old, matchstick-frail author has found the strength to articulate her deepest fears—which are fears we can all relate to."—Heller McAlpin,The Wasthington PostThe Week magazine's 5 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011“The master of American prose turns her sharp eye on her own family once again in this breathtaking follow-up toThe Year of Magical Thinking. With harrowing honesty and mesmerizing style, Didion chronicles the tragic death of her daughter, Quintana, interwoven with memories of their happier days together and Didion’s own meditations on aging.”—Malcolm Jones and Lucas Wittmann,Newsweek “A searing memoir”—People “Darkly riveting . . . The cumulative effect of watching her finger her recollections like beads on a rosary is unexpectedly instructive. None of us can escape death, butBlue Nightsshows how Didion has, with the devastating force of her penetrating mind, learned to simply abide.”—Louisa Kamps,Elle“A scalpel-sharp memoir of motherhood and loss . . . Now coping with not only grief and regret but also illness and age, Didion is courageous in both her candor and artistry, ensuring that this infinitely sad yet beguiling book of distilled reflections and remembrance is graceful and illuminating in its blue musings.”—Donna Seaman,Booklist"Brilliant...Nothing Didion has written sincePlay It As It Laysseems to me as right and true asBlue Nights. Nothing she has written seems as purposeful and urgent to be told."—Joe Woodward,Huffington Post“[Didion] often finds captivating, unparalleled grooves. Her expansive thinking…is particularly striking.”            —The A. V. Club“The reader only senses how intimately she understands her instrument. Her sentences are unquestionably taut, rhythmic and precise.”                —Time Out NY"A searing, incisive look at grief and loss by one of the most celebrated memoirists of our time."—Relevant Magazine"Both Fascinating and heartbreaking."—Marie Claire
ISBN: 0307267679
ISBN13: 9780307267672
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Knopf
Format: Hardcover
PublicationDate: 2011-11-01
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
PageCount: 208
Dimensions: 5.58 x 0.81 x 8.16 inches
Weight: 12.48 ounces
“A haunting memoir . . . Didion is, to my mind, the best living essayist in America . . . What appears on the surface to be an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written story of the loss of a beloved child is actually an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written glimpse into the abyss, a book that forces us to understand, to admit, that there can be no preparation for tragedy, no protection from it, and so, finally, no consolation . . . The book has . . . an incantatory quality: it is a beautiful, soaring, polyphonic eulogy, a beseeching prayer the is sung even as one knows the answer to one’s plea, and that answer is: No.”—Cathleen Schine,The New York Review of Books “Blue Nights, though aselegantly written as one would expect, is rawer than its predecessor, the ‘impenetrable polish’ of former, better days nowchipped and scratched. The author as she presents herself here, aging and baffled, is defenseless against the pain of loss, not only the loss of loved ones but the loss that is yet to come: the loss, that is, of selfhood. The book will be another huge success . . . Certainly as a testament of suffering nobly borne, which is what it will be generally taken for, it is exemplary. However, it is most profound, and most provocative, at another level, the level at whichthe author comes fully to realize, and to face squarely, the dismaying fact that against life’s worst onslaughts nothing avails, not even art; especially not art.”—John Banville,The New York Times Book Review "The marvel of Blue Nights is that its 76-year-old, matchstick-frail author has found the strength to articulate her deepest fears—which are fears we can all relate to."—Heller McAlpin,The Wasthington PostThe Week magazine's 5 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011“The master of American prose turns her sharp eye on her own family once again in this breathtaking follow-up toThe Year of Magical Thinking. With harrowing honesty and mesmerizing style, Didion chronicles the tragic death of her daughter, Quintana, interwoven with memories of their happier days together and Didion’s own meditations on aging.”—Malcolm Jones and Lucas Wittmann,Newsweek “A searing memoir”—People “Darkly riveting . . . The cumulative effect of watching her finger her recollections like beads on a rosary is unexpectedly instructive. None of us can escape death, butBlue Nightsshows how Didion has, with the devastating force of her penetrating mind, learned to simply abide.”—Louisa Kamps,Elle“A scalpel-sharp memoir of motherhood and loss . . . Now coping with not only grief and regret but also illness and age, Didion is courageous in both her candor and artistry, ensuring that this infinitely sad yet beguiling book of distilled reflections and remembrance is graceful and illuminating in its blue musings.”—Donna Seaman,Booklist"Brilliant...Nothing Didion has written sincePlay It As It Laysseems to me as right and true asBlue Nights. Nothing she has written seems as purposeful and urgent to be told."—Joe Woodward,Huffington Post“[Didion] often finds captivating, unparalleled grooves. Her expansive thinking…is particularly striking.”            —The A. V. Club“The reader only senses how intimately she understands her instrument. Her sentences are unquestionably taut, rhythmic and precise.”                —Time Out NY"A searing, incisive look at grief and loss by one of the most celebrated memoirists of our time."—Relevant Magazine"Both Fascinating and heartbreaking."—Marie Claire

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Overview
“A haunting memoir . . . Didion is, to my mind, the best living essayist in America . . . What appears on the surface to be an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written story of the loss of a beloved child is actually an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written glimpse into the abyss, a book that forces us to understand, to admit, that there can be no preparation for tragedy, no protection from it, and so, finally, no consolation . . . The book has . . . an incantatory quality: it is a beautiful, soaring, polyphonic eulogy, a beseeching prayer the is sung even as one knows the answer to one’s plea, and that answer is: No.”—Cathleen Schine,The New York Review of Books “Blue Nights, though aselegantly written as one would expect, is rawer than its predecessor, the ‘impenetrable polish’ of former, better days nowchipped and scratched. The author as she presents herself here, aging and baffled, is defenseless against the pain of loss, not only the loss of loved ones but the loss that is yet to come: the loss, that is, of selfhood. The book will be another huge success . . . Certainly as a testament of suffering nobly borne, which is what it will be generally taken for, it is exemplary. However, it is most profound, and most provocative, at another level, the level at whichthe author comes fully to realize, and to face squarely, the dismaying fact that against life’s worst onslaughts nothing avails, not even art; especially not art.”—John Banville,The New York Times Book Review "The marvel of Blue Nights is that its 76-year-old, matchstick-frail author has found the strength to articulate her deepest fears—which are fears we can all relate to."—Heller McAlpin,The Wasthington PostThe Week magazine's 5 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011“The master of American prose turns her sharp eye on her own family once again in this breathtaking follow-up toThe Year of Magical Thinking. With harrowing honesty and mesmerizing style, Didion chronicles the tragic death of her daughter, Quintana, interwoven with memories of their happier days together and Didion’s own meditations on aging.”—Malcolm Jones and Lucas Wittmann,Newsweek “A searing memoir”—People “Darkly riveting . . . The cumulative effect of watching her finger her recollections like beads on a rosary is unexpectedly instructive. None of us can escape death, butBlue Nightsshows how Didion has, with the devastating force of her penetrating mind, learned to simply abide.”—Louisa Kamps,Elle“A scalpel-sharp memoir of motherhood and loss . . . Now coping with not only grief and regret but also illness and age, Didion is courageous in both her candor and artistry, ensuring that this infinitely sad yet beguiling book of distilled reflections and remembrance is graceful and illuminating in its blue musings.”—Donna Seaman,Booklist"Brilliant...Nothing Didion has written sincePlay It As It Laysseems to me as right and true asBlue Nights. Nothing she has written seems as purposeful and urgent to be told."—Joe Woodward,Huffington Post“[Didion] often finds captivating, unparalleled grooves. Her expansive thinking…is particularly striking.”            —The A. V. Club“The reader only senses how intimately she understands her instrument. Her sentences are unquestionably taut, rhythmic and precise.”                —Time Out NY"A searing, incisive look at grief and loss by one of the most celebrated memoirists of our time."—Relevant Magazine"Both Fascinating and heartbreaking."—Marie Claire
ISBN: 0307267679
ISBN13: 9780307267672
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Knopf
Format: Hardcover
PublicationDate: 2011-11-01
Language: English
Edition: First Edition
PageCount: 208
Dimensions: 5.58 x 0.81 x 8.16 inches
Weight: 12.48 ounces
“A haunting memoir . . . Didion is, to my mind, the best living essayist in America . . . What appears on the surface to be an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written story of the loss of a beloved child is actually an elegantly, intelligently, deeply felt, precisely written glimpse into the abyss, a book that forces us to understand, to admit, that there can be no preparation for tragedy, no protection from it, and so, finally, no consolation . . . The book has . . . an incantatory quality: it is a beautiful, soaring, polyphonic eulogy, a beseeching prayer the is sung even as one knows the answer to one’s plea, and that answer is: No.”—Cathleen Schine,The New York Review of Books “Blue Nights, though aselegantly written as one would expect, is rawer than its predecessor, the ‘impenetrable polish’ of former, better days nowchipped and scratched. The author as she presents herself here, aging and baffled, is defenseless against the pain of loss, not only the loss of loved ones but the loss that is yet to come: the loss, that is, of selfhood. The book will be another huge success . . . Certainly as a testament of suffering nobly borne, which is what it will be generally taken for, it is exemplary. However, it is most profound, and most provocative, at another level, the level at whichthe author comes fully to realize, and to face squarely, the dismaying fact that against life’s worst onslaughts nothing avails, not even art; especially not art.”—John Banville,The New York Times Book Review "The marvel of Blue Nights is that its 76-year-old, matchstick-frail author has found the strength to articulate her deepest fears—which are fears we can all relate to."—Heller McAlpin,The Wasthington PostThe Week magazine's 5 Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011“The master of American prose turns her sharp eye on her own family once again in this breathtaking follow-up toThe Year of Magical Thinking. With harrowing honesty and mesmerizing style, Didion chronicles the tragic death of her daughter, Quintana, interwoven with memories of their happier days together and Didion’s own meditations on aging.”—Malcolm Jones and Lucas Wittmann,Newsweek “A searing memoir”—People “Darkly riveting . . . The cumulative effect of watching her finger her recollections like beads on a rosary is unexpectedly instructive. None of us can escape death, butBlue Nightsshows how Didion has, with the devastating force of her penetrating mind, learned to simply abide.”—Louisa Kamps,Elle“A scalpel-sharp memoir of motherhood and loss . . . Now coping with not only grief and regret but also illness and age, Didion is courageous in both her candor and artistry, ensuring that this infinitely sad yet beguiling book of distilled reflections and remembrance is graceful and illuminating in its blue musings.”—Donna Seaman,Booklist"Brilliant...Nothing Didion has written sincePlay It As It Laysseems to me as right and true asBlue Nights. Nothing she has written seems as purposeful and urgent to be told."—Joe Woodward,Huffington Post“[Didion] often finds captivating, unparalleled grooves. Her expansive thinking…is particularly striking.”            —The A. V. Club“The reader only senses how intimately she understands her instrument. Her sentences are unquestionably taut, rhythmic and precise.”                —Time Out NY"A searing, incisive look at grief and loss by one of the most celebrated memoirists of our time."—Relevant Magazine"Both Fascinating and heartbreaking."—Marie Claire

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Shipping method varies depending on what is being shipped.  

Tracking
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Damaged Parcel
If your package has been delivered in a PO Box, please note that we are not responsible for any damage that may result (consequences of extreme temperatures, theft, etc.). 

If you have any questions regarding shipping or want to know about the status of an order, please contact us or email to support@stevensbooks.com.

You may return most items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Several types of goods are exempt from being returned. Perishable goods such as food, flowers, newspapers or magazines cannot be returned. We also do not accept products that are intimate or sanitary goods, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids or gases.

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To complete your return, we require a tracking number, which shows the items which you already returned to us.
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