• Hardcover: 480 pages
• Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (October 14, 2010)
Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, beloved artist and author Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., on inauguration day, launching a national tour that would take her from a town hall meeting in Newfane, Vermont, to the inner chambers of the Supreme Court. AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (The Penguin Press; October 18, 2010) is the result of this wholly idiosyncratic journey, a yearlong investigation of democracy and how it works.
With the delightful Kalman as our travel companion, we fall in love with Lincoln as she imagines making a home for herself in the center of his magisterial memorial; ponder Alexis de Toqueville’s America, witness the inner workings of a Bronx middle-school student council; take a high-speed lesson in great American women in the National Portrait Gallery; and consider the cost of war to the brave American service families of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Democracy, Kalman discovers, is at work all around us.
Equal parts informative and charming, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS is a remarkable tribute to our history and a powerful reminder of the potential our future holds, from a true national treasure.
Maira Kalman is an illustrator, author, and designer. She is the author of The Principles of Uncertainty and she illustrated the bestselling edition of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. Ms. Kalman’s twelve children’s books include Max Makes a Million, Stay Up Late, Swami on Rye, and What Pete Ate. She also has designed fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, sets for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and, with her late husband Tibor Kalman under the M&Co. label, clocks, umbrellas, and other accessories for the Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Kalman’s work is shown at the Julie Saul Gallery in Manhattan.
Maira Kalman’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Thursday, October 14th: Suko’s Notebook
Monday, October 18th: Rundpinne
Wednesday, October 20th: Library Queue
Friday, October 22nd: Chaotic Compendiums
Wednesday, October 27th: Daydream Believer
Thursday, October 28th: 1330v
Friday, November 5th: sfgirlbybay
Thursday, November 11th: Booksie’s Blog
Friday, November 14th: Eleanor’s Trousers
Monday, November 15th: Books Like Breathing
Wednesday, November 17th: Sophisticated Dorkiness
Thursday, November 18th: Joyfully Retired
Friday, November 19th: Drey’s Library
Friday, November 19th: Nonsuch Book
TBD: Til We Read Again