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Wordy Shipmates

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Title: Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
ISBN: 9781594484001
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published: 2009
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Publisher Description:
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.