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ISBN13: 9781594484001
ISBN10: 1594484007
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sabitha, April 12, 2015 (view all comments by sabitha)
I was expecting a rather dry reporting of letters written by the Puritans making their way to the new world. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the wit, humanity and often humor in these pages. Ms. Vowell takes history out of the dusty drawers of time and makes it come alive. This is definitely not your average elementary school history of the first Thanksgiving. Along with the idealism and hope for a better life, there is war, murder, injustice and a great deal of irony. This is a highly entertaining, informative and disturbing book. I highly recommend it!
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lwiccan, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by lwiccan)
Sarah Vowell has an uncanny ability to bring history alive,and make it fun and interesting. Being a natural storyteller shows up in her writing and she is able to dissect historical facts and integrate them well by providing the very anecdotes that in my estimation characterize the events in a way that makes them memorable and relevant. In this case, she sheds light on some of the founding settlers and their stumbling upon what they wish to develop in the "New World." They find themselves bumping into some of the same obstacles that they encountered in England, and from which they had fled. Fascinating.
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LMP, January 5, 2011 (view all comments by LMP)
The breeziest historical piece ever . . .
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Chris Engebo, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by Chris Engebo)
I'm usually more of a math/science guy, but Vowell's books are always really fun to read, and I always learn history at the same time. She makes me think.
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Vowell, Sarah
Riverhead Books
Historical - U.S.
United States - State & Local - General
United States - State & Local - New England
Puritans -- New England -- History.
New England Politics and government.
United States - General
World History-General
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Essayist and public radio regular Vowell (Assassination Vacation) revisits America's Puritan roots in this witty exploration of the ways in which our country's present predicaments are inextricably tied to its past. In a style less colloquial than her previous books, Vowell traces the 1630 journey of several key English colonists and members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Foremost among these men was John Winthrop, who would become governor of Massachusetts. While the Puritans who had earlier sailed to Plymouth on the Mayflower were separatists, Winthrop's followers remained loyal to England, spurred on by Puritan Reverend John Cotton's proclamation that they were God's chosen people. Vowell underscores that the seemingly minute differences between the Plymouth Puritans and the Massachusetts Puritans were as meaningful as the current Sunni/Shia Muslim rift. Gracefully interspersing her history lesson with personal anecdotes, Vowell offers reflections that are both amusing (colonial history lesson via The Brady Bunch) and tender (watching New Yorkers patiently waiting in line to donate blood after 9/11)." Publishers Weekly Starred Review (Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fans will be pleased to see that Vowell's admittedly smart-alecky style is alive and well.... At times dense, at times silly, at times surpassingly wise."
"Review" by , "Most writing on the Puritans is as dour as the Puritans themselves. Vowell has fun with them, and in the process, she helps us take seriously both their lives and their legacy."
"Review" by , "A book dense with detail, insight, and humor."
"Review" by , "[Vowell's] a complex blend: part brilliant essayist, part pop-culture-loving comedian and a full-time unabashed history geek. The mixture makes her both proudly pointy-headed and forever entertaining."
"Review" by , "Sarah Vowell lends her engaging voice and keen powers of observation to a work of social history....Provid[ing] a glimpse of what life was really like for the people of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the founders of Plymouth."
"Review" by , "Vowell's words crackle on the printed page...smart, quirky and unabashedly incendiary...Vowell is very funny. She is generous as she wrestles with the moral intricacies of our nation's beginnings and how Puritan contradictions inform our sense of American exceptionalism today...The Wordy Shipmates is more than a punk-ish twist on our brave, verbose, tortured forebears, living in their new colony like 'an ashram in the woods.'"
"Review" by , "For those of us who'd rather harvest our history lessons from The Simpsons than the History Channel, Vowell is a latter-day hero....Fascinating."
"Review" by , "Vowell...reads history with attitude, humor and sensitivity."
"Review" by , "[Vowell exercises] her trademark sweet, silly, arch sense of the incongruous ways we memorialize the American past."
"Synopsis" by , From the New York Times-bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot comes an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, deep-rooted idealism, political and cultural relevance, and their myriad oddities.
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