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Promised Land by Jay Parini.. Here’s a book that’s a baker’s dozen of great books that have shaped the American mind –– whether you’ve read them or not. Like reading 13 books in one! Fantastic, intelligent and useful, like a mental multi-tool.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"The work of a mature critic at the height of his powers. Parini conveys a vivid sense of who we have been, who we are and whom we might want to become as a nation."

The Dallas Morning News

"Anyone who has ever wondered if books can make a difference will be fascinated and encouraged by Promised Land, Jay Parini’s incisive reading of thirteen books that changed our country forever and helped create the nation in which we live today."

Francine Prose

Author bio: Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College, Vermont. His six novels also include Benjamins Crossing and The Apprentice Lover. His volumes of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. In addition to biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost and William Faulkner, he has written a volume of essays on literature and politics, as well as The Art of Teaching. He edited the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and writes regularly for the Guardian and other publications. More information can be found here:

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