The Wordy Shipmates
Sarah Vowell talked about her book The Wordy Shipmates (Riverhead; October 7, 2008). In this book Sarah Vowell, the author of several books including The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation, presents a history of America’s Puritan settlers. Ms. Vowell invokes humor, popular culture, and current misconceptions to reassess the Puritans. Drawing on several sources, including diaries, sermons, and pamphlets of the time, she presents a more complicated populace than is commonly understood. She finds that the differences between the Plymouth Puritans and those led by John Winthrop in Massachusetts were as important as current Sunni/Shia rifts. After reading from her book, Ms. Vowell responded to questions from members of the audience. This event at the Avalon Theatre in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by Politics and Prose Bookstore. close
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