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The Yearling
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion All these essays are worth reading, but "Goodbye to All That" is perfect. I can't even pick a favourite quote, I keep wanting to quote the whole thing. It is such an amazing evocation of time and place, of what it means to shift into a different phase of your life and how it isn't obvious that you have until you look back on things.I also loved "On Self-Respect", "On Keeping a Notebook", and the first essay about an odd murder case. For all that these were first written in the sixties, they did not feel particularly dated.