Eric Liebetrau assesses Jay Parini's quest to find thirteen books that changed America.
Thirteen Books That Changed America.
By Jay Parini. Doubleday.
385 pp. $24.95
Since America’s birth, its writers have attempted to capture the essence of the American dream. Jay Parini, a prolific poet and novelist and one of the nation’s foremost literary scholars, taps into that common project in Promised Land....