We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
First edition
Author Joan Didion
Cover artist Julian Wasser
Country United States
Language English
Series Everyman's Library
Genre Essays
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 1122 pp
ISBN 0-307-26487-4
OCLC 64594439

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction is a 2006 collection of nonfiction by Joan Didion. It was released in the Everyman's Library, a series of reprinted classic literature, as one of the titles chosen to mark the series' 100th anniversary.[1] The title is taken from the opening line of Didion's essay "The White Album" in the book of the same name. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live includes the full content of her first seven volumes of nonfiction. The contents range in style, including journalism, memoir, and cultural and political commentary.

Critics noted that Didion's distinct literary voice, highlighted by John Leonard's introduction, is apparent throughout the collection. The Chicago Tribune review stated "even the slightest [of her work] tends to have at least a moment when her prose somehow modulates ... transfigures ... kicks the whole thing up a level."[2]



  1. ^ Hale, Julie. Book review. Published December 2006. Accessed November 18, 2014.
  2. ^ McLemee, Scott. Book review. Chicago Tribune. Published November 30, 2006. Accessed November 18, 2014.