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The Wordy Shipmates

ISBN: 9781594484001 | 1594484007
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pub. Date: 10/6/2009

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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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