30 August 2011

Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America; Thomas C. Foster

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National IdentityTwenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity by Thomas C. Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is one of those perfect "put down-able" books, like a collection of short stories is. You read a chapter, do something else, read another chapter, etc.. I love those, as I can read a chapter when I don't have time to get involved with another book.

Anyway, this is a great look at several books that have become curriculum standards (or were - Hemingway isn't as taught as he used to be at the high school level) and whether or not you've read them, you will want to read (or re-read) them after. I found myself saying "I can't believe I missed that book in school" or "Maybe I need to re-visit that one" often. And Foster's humor about the books makes even the driest (Moby-Dick, I'm looking at you) seem accessible.

A great gift book, for yourself or others.

ARC provided by publisher.

1 comment:

  1. Intriguing review. Thanks for bringing this book to our attention.

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