The Wordy Shipmates (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 7, 2008 - History - 272 pages
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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.


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User Review  - revslick - LibraryThing

Sarah is a master of taking historical details (especially forgotten obscure ones) and relating them to modern world we live in. Her books should be required reading to all historical writers that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tahleen - LibraryThing

Another funny yet illuminating history book by Sarah Vowell, this time focusing on the Puritans in New England after the pilgrims and before the Salem Witch Trials. I learned a lot, and she's a really ... Read full review


The only thing more dangerous than
This book is about those Puritans
Talking about Winthrops
During Winthrops two months on the Atlantic
In 1635 Williamss surging obsession
In 1643 seven years after his banishment
On our Plymouthbound vacation
In September of 1637
One hundred and seventy years after

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About the author (2008)

Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On. A contributing editor for public radioís "This American Life", she lives in New York City.

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