Skip to main content


The Wordy Shipmates

Sarah Vowell

Paperback

List Price: 17.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/6/2008)
CD-Audio (10/7/2008)
Hardcover (10/7/2008)
Hardcover, Large Print (3/1/2009)

November 2008 Indie Next List

“As always, Vowell is darkly hilarious and freshly informative. She pokes fun at the buckle-shoed Puritans who first settled here, but she also tells a story of how their quirks, foibles, and love of words formed our country's personality. Her distinct and sharply witty voice makes this book an edifying delight.”
— Laura Delaney, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID
View the List

Description

In this New York Times bestseller, the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States "brings the [Puritan] era wickedly to life" (Washington Post).

To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it should mean. What she discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoebuckles- and-corn reputation might suggest-a highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty people, whose story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance.

Vowell takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

Riverhead Books, 9781594484001, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2009



About the Author

Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United StatesUnfamiliar FishesThe Wordy ShipmatesAssassination Vacation, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.