And the Pursuit of Happiness

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Penguin Publishing Group, Oct 30, 2012 - History - 480 pages
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Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist's idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics.

Whether returning to America's historical roots at the Lincoln archive and Jefferson's Monticello, or taking the pulse of the present day at a town hall meeting in Vermont, an Army base in Kentucky, and the inner chambers of the Supreme Court, Kalman finds evidence of democracy at work all around us. Her route is always one of fascinating indirection, but one that captures and shares in hundreds of beautiful, colorful reasons why we are proud to be Americans.

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User Review  - bookworm12 - LibraryThing

This book is a graphic novel, illustrated poem, love letter to democracy, etc. Call it what you will, I just loved it. It’s a sweet look at our government and the world around us. It’s simple and ... Read full review

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

This book should be read by anyone who thinks liberals, Democrats etc. don't love America. Maira Kalman's wonderful drawings, paintings and the occasional photograph, as well as her ruminations on ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

MAIRA KALMAN is an illustrator, author, and designer. She is the author of The Principles of Uncertainty, and illustrator of the bestselling edition of William Strunk and E.B.White's The Elements of Style. Most recently, she collaborated with Michael Pollan to illustrate his bestselling Food Rules. Kalman's work is shown at the Jule Saul Gallery in Manhattan.

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