I picked up Joan Didion's "WHERE I WAS FROM" filled space on a summer book bingo card. Joan Didion thoughtfully and passionately examines the inconsistencies in California's ethos. The central one being a state that prides itself on rugged individualism.
The book starts strong in Didion's attempt to detail her family's settlement in California and how it all comes back to her and her place in the picture. The chapters about Lakewood and the Spur Posse were marvelous. The rest is pretty uneven.
I felt like we were discovering the point right along with her, and the closing part about her mother was particularly moving. Now I'm a sober Joan Didion fan, and I didn't think that could ever happen.
I have to say this was so much better than Salvador and Miami, and I can only assume it's because she knew and cared deeply about California in a way she didn't when it came to those other places.