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Reader recommendation: American Gothic

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Thomas Hoving opens the door to the general public in American Gothic: The Biography of Grant Wood’s American Masterpiece. We are not expected to draw upon our minuscule understanding of an esoteric art form or offer a historical analysis, but, rather, just use our eyes. Simple, down-to-earth language is in keeping with the style of this regionalist, unified image.