And the Pursuit of Happiness is Maira Kalman’s beautiful year-long exploration into democracy in America. Divided into months, the book starts out in the month of January with President Obama’s inauguration and ends in December with George Washington and the question of happiness and its pursuit. In-between, the author interviews Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg, falls in love with Abraham Lincoln, and watches a town hall meeting in Vermont. Kalman, being the wonderful artist that she is, has illustrated virtually every page in the book.
Isn’t that gorgeous? What I really like about this book is its spirit. Nowadays when you watch the news there’s so much pessimism and negativity when it comes to politics in this country. And the Pursuit of Happiness is so far from that. Kalman is optimistic about this country which is so refreshing.
Though the book is more than four hundred pages long, it can easily be read in one setting. Once you do finish it, you’ll want to go back and read it again. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Highly recommended.