Jessica Avery at BookRiot chose Pursuing Happiness as one of her "top 10 favorite critical texts about romance novels":
This one is soooooooo good. I read it on interlibrary loan when I was still in school and definitely need to buy my own copy. The romance novel is not a uniquely American phenomenon—in fact it didn’t even get its start here. But ever since the romance boom post-1972 (the release year of The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss) the romance genre, for better or worse, has been very America-centric. Vivanco examines the politics of the American romance novel, as well as the sources of its political identity. I took an American Realism and Naturalism class during grad school that Pursuing Happiness tied in with beautifully, so if either of those literary are[a]s are in your wheelhouse you should read Vivanco’s book.
An excerpt in pdf format, including the whole of the introduction and the table of contents, can be found here.
An excerpt can also be found via Google Books.
Where to buy Pursuing Happiness: Reading American Romance as Political Fiction:
Ebook: ISBN 978-1-84760-359-3 PDF from Humanities-Ebooks