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In The Wordy Shipmates (9781594484001), the delightfully irrepressible essayist Sarah Vowell escorted readers on a jaunty cook's tour of Puritan eccentricities. In her new Unfamiliar Fishes, she leads us a rollicking saunter through Hawaii, where Manifest Destiny took several strange turns and acquired a sunburn. (History readers might approach this book as a jaunty sequel to Evan Thomas' War Lovers.) Vowell begins with the arrival of prudish early nineteenth Christian missionaries and gains force when America's anti-colonial colonialists seized the islands with capitalistic and bible-thumping relish. As always, Vowell's history lessons are delivered with verve that most of us wish we could have shared in school.