The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates

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by Sarah Vowell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1410413659

ISBN-13: 9781410413659

Pub. Date: 03/04/2009

Publisher: Gale Group

In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States "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

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In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States "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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ISBN-13:
9781410413659
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Wordy Shipmates 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and insightful, very funny considering the source material.
Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
I had the choice to read this book or two others for a history assignment. I chose this one because the description said it was a lighter read, and after reading dense boring textbooks, that sounded like what I needed. And it really wasn't too dense. Sarah Vowell was very funny and very sarcastic, which lightened the reading a little, but still, this is a history book. Unless you like that kind of thing, this book wasn't very interesting. But still A LOT better than a normal textbook.
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