And the Pursuit of Happiness
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About the Author
"Perhaps Kalman's greatest gift is that her work embodies both the ironic and the earnest at their best, at the place where they come together and create lyrical, personal truth. She is such a magnanimous artist. She invites us, welcomes us, into the most intimate, unprotected place of all: daydreams. Who can resist her?"
-- NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS blog "[A]n impromptu interpretive dance about our country, executed in fat, frolicky color, unprissy brushstroke, a smattering of pleasantly pedestrian photo-graphs and perfectly rambunctious penmanship... Oh, Maira. May we call you Maira? You are like the imaginary childhood friend we never had. Never mind, we have you now, and in these pages you give us your giant, wistful heart; your unfettered, inquisitive prose; and your loving renderings of hats, noses, despondency, public restrooms, a numbered Civil War grave, a Brooklyn sewage plant, Thomas Edison in a cream-colored suit, napping on the grass, and various fried eggs. Wait -- this is democracy? In Kalman's eclectic, catholic, ecstatically skewed view, yes. All this and more... Best of all, she leaves us curious, formulating our own questions, discovering what things we are burning to ask."
-- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW