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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
Unfamiliar Fishes

Engebo, January 1, 2012

I wasn't sure if this topic was going to grab me--the story of Hawaii's absorption into the U.S. and the lingering effects that remain from that act of imperialism.

I shouldn't have doubted Sarah Vowell. The story is engaging, and as usual she injects intelligence and humor (which she seems able to do, no matter how grim the topic--see "Assassination Vacation"). She delves into the history that has resulted in the long-harbored resentment that many Hawaiians feel today regarding their land and the quick transformation of Hawaii from independent kingdom to U.S. state.

Most readers will enjoy this book solely on Ms. Vowell's humor, but if you have any penchant whatsoever for a good story and/or history, you'll find this work doubly or triply satisfying.
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