Monday, January 24, 2011

And The Pursuit of Happiness


This book was a surprise and a delight; And The Pursuit of Happiness is like a picture book made for adults. Maira Kalman is an immigrant to the States, and this book features her musings as she spends a year exploring American history, the founding fathers, and current events and culture. It seemed as though she loves America, but also struggles with its issues and has few illusions - this point of view kept the book from being predictable or boring. I also loved how she juxtaposes the serious with the absurd, the profound with the slice of pie.

It's a quick and delightful read.

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