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Jill Lepore's 'Story of America' an engrossing journey
Jill Lepore's 'Story of America' an engrossing journey

-------------------- The Story of America Essays on Origins Jill Lepore Princeton University Press: 416 pp, $27.95 -------------------- For Jill Lepore, a Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer, the story of America is part myth, part tall tale, and never less than engrossing. "All nations are places," she writes in her stylish new collection, "but they are also acts of imagination. Who has a part in a nation's story, like who can become a citizen and who has a right to vote, isn't foreordained, or even stable. The story's plot, like the nation's borders and the nature of its electorate, is always shifting." As if to underline...