In this perfect (not used lightly!) collection of essays, Joan Didion delivers the poignant, the lost, and the blurry aspects of Southern California. Her style of non-fiction writing is rightly celebrated; it is a singular joy to read how she sees, what she hears, the subtleties she never misses. I remember first reading this in college and thinking, ‘my god, I didn’t know writing could be like this.’ It is so very good.
Recommended by Jeeyeon