What is goodness? A Platonic idea glowing in the ether above ancient Athens? A code of conduct inscribed on stone tablets? A proper level of detachment and inner calm achieved through meditation? In these books, two Minnesotans offer their observations on goodness from a Midwestern, commonsensical perspective. Common sense is a social construct, of course, as is the Midwest, but I'm from Minnesota, so the perceptions of Keillor and Hassler seem comfortable to me.