Saturday, October 04, 2008

Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates

Sarah Vowell impressively summons the Puritans in her new book, The Wordy Shipmates

 "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.' Subversively, Vowell teaches as she goes, and her final reflections are genuinely moving." More...

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