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The Wordy Shipmates (Paperback)

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“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


In this "New York Times" bestseller, the author of "Assassination Vacation" "brings the Puritan] era wickedly to life" ("Washington Post").
To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it should mean. What she discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoebuckles- and-corn reputation might suggest-a highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty people, whose story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance.
Vowell takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, "The Wordy Shipmates" is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594484001
ISBN-10: 1594484007
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2009
Pages: 254
Language: English