Wednesday, May 4, 2011


TWENTY-FIVE BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA by Thomas C. FosterEach May as required summer reading lists for high schools are posted, Thomas C. Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor appears again and again. It and Foster's How to Read Novels Like a Professor have become standard texts for AP English Literature students.

Now, Thomas C. Foster brings his wit and wisdom to an informative new book about the twenty-five works of literature that have most shaped the American character. In Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity, Foster applies his much-admired analysis to explain how each work has shaped us as readers, students, teachers, and Americans.

Foster illuminates how books such as The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, My √Āntonia, The Great Gatsby, The Maltese Falcon, Their Eyes Were Watching God, On the Road, The Crying of Lot 49, To Kill a Mockingbird, Love Medicine, and others captured an American moment—and he explains 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—and a wonderful example to students of how to think critically, thoughtfully, and originally about their own approach to literature.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America: 978-0-06-183440-0; paperback; $14.99; on sale 5/24/2011.

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