1594484007 SIGNED by the author. First edition thus. Tight binding. Clean text and covers. Bottom left corner of rear panel lightly curled. Light soiling to edges. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.
In this "New York Times" bestseller, the author of "Assassination Vacation" "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.