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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas C. Foster Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes a highly entertaining and informative new book on the twenty-five works of literature that have most shaped the American character. Foster applies his much-loved combination of wit, know-how, and analysis to explain how each work has shaped our very existence as readers, students, teachers, and Americans.

Foster illuminates how books such as The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, My Ántonia, The Great Gatsby, The Maltese Falcon, Their Eyes Were Watching God, On the Road, The Crying of Lot 49, and others captured an American moment, how they influenced our perception of nationhood and citizenship, and what about them endures in the American character. Twenty-Five Books That Shaped America is a fun and enriching guide to America through its literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Foster is a witty, quirkily provocative and perceptive literary critic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sean Pratt narrates the essays with a humor and irreverence that still let Foster’s analysis come through…The essays will make listeners think about not just the books they enjoy but also the TV shows and movies they watch and the music they listen to. Written and narrated in a lively style, this production could make listeners rethink casualties of boring lit classes.”

    AudioFile

  • “Foster’s actual writing—breezy, smart, and funny—is a pleasure…A delight to read.”

    Library Journal

  • “A genial guide to American literature…Many readers will wish they had a high-school English teacher as cheery and engaged as Foster.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Funny, challenging, clear, and always insightful, this intriguing book will make you think again about what it means to be an American.”

    Janice A. Radway, author of A Feeling for Books

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Roland Martinez | 12/6/2013

    " Not as good as read like a professor or its sequel. This book wore me out and made me want to skip most of the books on his list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adrienne Teague | 12/1/2013

    " I love Thomas C. Foster. He could write a book about watching paint dry and I would read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathleen | 11/27/2013

    " This is a book that would serve well in one's library. I see myself going back to it when looking for something new to read. It inspired me to read "classic" literature and introduced a couple of author's I had vaguely knew about and revealed them to be counted among my favorites. i.e. Willa Cather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 10/29/2013

    " A great book for English majors. Short essays that are breezy but also tight and focused, hitting the key points. Includes chapters on The Great Gatsby, The Son Also Rises, My Antonia, and Love Medicine. "

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