Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sarah Vowell at Brookline Booksmith

Sarah Vowell is one of my favorite authors. Like many, I appreciate her humor, writing style, wit, sarcasm, and love of history and it's many unknown details. Her new book The Wordy Shipmates tells of the early Massachusetts Puritans. She read a few excerpts from the book at Brookline Booksmith in Coodlidge Corner and answered a round of questions from the audience. She tried to not dwell on the real premise of the book: how the early Puritans were just like crazy Americans today, insisting that God is on our side, that we're 100% justified in all our actions, etc etc. She hinted that her next book would be about the history of Hawaii, finding a connection between Hawaii and New Englanders and Puritans who, in the 19th Century, decided to "colonize" Hawaii, and so on. That will be quite the read! Oh, and she signed my copy of her new book--she writes big, too.

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