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.