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The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore
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Jun 19, 2012

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Read from July 21 to 24, 2012

Incisive, funny, intelligent history of America--in its thought, not its events. Lepore clearly is led by her personal interests in terms of personalities and the curating of the essays themselves, but she's upfront about it and she's interesting, so no harm, no foul. It's not as exhaustive as the subtitle implies--I was aware throughout of spaces in her essays that I wanted to see filled up and tangents I wanted to see taken--but I think that just means I wanted to read more of her writing.

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