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The Wordy Shipmates (Compact Disc)

By Sarah Vowell, Sarah Vowell (Read by), Eric Bogosian (Read by)
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November 2008 Indie Next List


“As always, Vowell is darkly hilarious and freshly informative. She pokes fun at the buckle-shoed Puritans who first settled here, but she also tells a story of how their quirks, foibles, and love of words formed our country's personality. Her distinct and sharply witty voice makes this book an edifying delight.”
— Laura Delaney, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID

Description


New York Times bestselling author Sarah Vowell explores the Puritans and their journey to America in The Wordy Shipmates. Even today, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Vowell investigates what that means -- and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. Along the way she asks:

Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, a Christ-like Christian, or conformity's tyrannical enforcer? Answer: Yes!

Was Rhode Island's architect, Roger Williams, America's founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference.

What was the Puritans' pet name for the Pope? The Great Whore of Babylon.

Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices. Thou shalt enjoy it.

About the Author


Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for public radio's "This American Life" and has written for "Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, " and the "Los Angeles Times." She is the author of "Radio On, Take the Cannoli, " and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot." She lives in New York City.

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for public radio's "This American Life" and has written for "Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, " and the "Los Angeles Times." She is the author of "Radio On, Take the Cannoli, " and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot." She lives in New York City.

Eric Bogosian is the author of "Mall, " the plays "Talk Radio, subUrbia" and "Griller", and the Obie Award-winning solo performances "Drinking in America, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead" and "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll." He is the recipient of the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear Award, a Drama Desk Award, and two NEA fellowships. An actor who has appeared in more than a dozen feature films and television shows, Bogosian lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780743578196
ISBN-10: 0743578198
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Language: English