Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a collection of essays by Joan Didion. Published in 1968, it captures America (particularly California) in the 1960’s. Although Didion was young (early 30’s) when she wrote the book, she had the sense that the world as she knew it was falling apart. As a writer, she had to come to terms with those feelings and in doing so, she created a haunting portrait of America during this turbulent period. This book became a favorite of mine because of Didion’s beautiful writing and her ability to convey through a diverse set of essays, a “feeling” for a period in our history and our culture. If you have an interest in 1960’s America, I consider this an essential.