Very enjoyable essays about 25 books which Foster thinks contribute to the US's national identity. It's hard to argue his point, especially when one is laughing so hard. Perhaps my favorite line in the whole book was in Foster's discussion of Little Women, where he says, "And who isn't ready for a lesson when the canary dies?" Some of his selections stuck me as odd, and some have long been on my TBR list but most of them were old friends. Well worth reading.