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10 Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne Works Released as E-Books by Zola Books


Slouching Towards Bethlehem, the legendary essay collection by author and journalist Joan Didion, has been a literary benchmark for years but unavailable to digital readers. Startup Zola Books will release this title plus four more by Didion and five by Didion's late husband, author John Gregory Dunne, as e-books for the first time on November 12.

The complete list of new Didion/Dunne e-book releases includes After Henry, Miami, Play It As It Lays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album by Joan Didion; and Crooning, Dutch Shea, Jr., Harp, Quintana & Friends and The Red White and Blue by John Gregory Dunne. A prerelease version of Slouching Towards Bethlehem will be available on November 4 on The books are available to read in the Zola Books iPhone/iPad app, which includes unique social sharing features, or in formats that can be read in other apps or devices.

The e-book versions of these classics are available only from Zola Books, an independent e-book retailer with a mission to offer digital readers a better experience by integrating the community that produces and helps people find great books. For example, Zola Books partners with independent bookstores nationally; readers may "Indie Pledge" a favorite store, and that store then receives a majority of the profit from any Zola purchase they make.

Zola Books offers over 100,000 e-books from major publishers. To help readers discover the company, Zola also offers some popular e-book titles not available elsewhere. In addition to the Didion and Dunne exclusives, Zola offers Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (basis of the film and the new Broadway musical), The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The New Hunger by Isaac Marion, and The Accidental Victim by James Reston Jr. On November 7, Zola Books will release Fallen Angels by National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Walter Dean Myers.

"The works of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne are American treasures that readers will enjoy for decades to come. I am absolutely thrilled to offer the e-book versions exclusively on Zola Books. And I am pleased to offer readers a unique way to make e-books local by pledging a portion of the profits to a local bookstore," said Joe Regal, CEO and co-founder of Zola Books.

Praise for JOAN DIDION:

"Startling... She can strike at the heart or the absurdity of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes." - William Hogan, San Francisco Chronicle

"Didion has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control." - Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review

"Didion manages to make the sorry stuff of troubled times as interesting and suggestive as the monuments that win her dazzled admiration." -The New Yorker


"Quintana and Friends is lively journalism... Dunne has a wicked eye for the telling details, an uncanny ear for the revealing phrase... Highly satisfying." - The New York Times

"[Harp is] a rare, honest, fierce and angry reflection." - The Los Angeles Times

"[The Red White and Blue] is his most ambitious novel... clever, jolting, engrossing. By turns ribald, tragic and harshly ironic." - Publishers Weekly

About Zola Books
Zola Books' mission is to create an online paradise for book lovers. Zola takes everything readers do in the real world - browse bookstores, read book reviews, visit blogs, follow authors, share reviews and recommendations, and buy all kinds of books - and puts it all in one place. Zola also shares profits with booksellers who recommend books online and off. In addition, Zola offers exclusive e-books from major writers - including The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffengger, The New Hunger by Isaac Marion, and The Accidental Victim by James Reston Jr. For more information, please visit and follow @zolabooks.

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