Friday, September 19, 2008

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell Giveaway!


Penguin Group USA generously donated three copies of The Wordy Shipmates to BBAW!

Here's some information about the book: From the New York Times–bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and The Partly Cloudy Patriot, an examination of the Puritans, their covenant communities, their deep-rooted idealism, their political and cultural relevance in today’s world, and their myriad oddities.

In The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell travels once again through America’s past, this time to seventeenth-century New England. From the British Library to the Mohegan Sun casino, from the nation’s first synagogue to a Mayflower waterslide, Vowell studies the Puritan effect and finds their beliefs about church and state more interesting than their buckles-and-corn reputation would suggest.

She asks:

Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, Christlike Christian, or conformity’s tyrannical enforcer? Yes! Was Rhode Island’s architect Roger Williams America’s founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference. How come Henry Vane the Younger, who argued against beheading the English king, was himself beheaded for helping behead said king? Good question. What does it take to get that jezebel Anne Hutchinson to shut up? A hatchet. What was the Puritans’ pet name for the Pope? The Great Whore of Babylon. What is the lesson of the Pequot War? Why, don’t fire one of your military’s embarrassingly few Arabic translators just because he’s gay, of course.

As in all Vowell’s bestselling books, this exploration of America’s past is both poignant and entertaining. The Wordy Shipmates is rich with historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America’s celebrated voices.

Sound like something you want to read? Tell me why! Open worldwide.

22 comments:

Jen - devourer of books said...

I generally find Sarah Vowell entertaining, even if her stuff doesn't really stand up to re-reading for me. I wasn't fast enough to get this as an ARC, but I would love to win it, because Sarah Vowell on colonial history sounds right up my alley.

wordlily said...

Yes! I just realized I still haven't read any of Vowell's books just last week, although I've been a fan of her from NPR and The Incredibles days.

I'm also interested in what she says about this period of American history.

I've been dying to read this.

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bermudaonion said...

I want to read this one because I've read so many great reviews of it.

softdrink said...

I read The Partly Cloudy Patriot and it made me laugh. Which is why I'd like to read another one of Vowell's books.

Sandra said...

My English ancestors arrived in Boston two hundred years ago and any story or history that put's me close to them interests me. It's a fascinating period for anyone I would think. I would love to read this book. Please enter me, thank you.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I just read "A Voyage Long and Strange" by Tony Horwitz covering a lot of the same material so I think it would make a great companion read.

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Fyrefly said...

I hadn't heard about this one yet, but I really enjoyed Vowell's other books, and would love a chance to read this one. Thanks!

Janel said...

It definitely sounds interesting to me. I went to New England for the first time a few years ago and was fascinated with the area's history. Thanks!

darbyscloset said...

I would love to learn the history with humor included!!! I think that is a great way to learn and sad to say I do not know much about this time period.
Thank you for the education!
Darby
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Ronnica said...

This looks like such a fun book! I'm a history nerd and love to learn new facts. I've studied a bit in this time period during my American Colonies class, so this would be a FUN supplement!

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blueviolet said...

History is ok with me if it's entertaining! I think I'd really like this one!
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Elizabeth

Amber said...

I first heard Sarah Vowell on NPR. Now whenever I read anything she's written I hear her voice. Strange, huh?

heatherlo said...

I love historical books... please count me in!

Rebecca said...

I would love to receive a copy of Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates. It looks to be very funny, especially since I love historical fiction and non-fiction books. Plus, I just got a couple of her other books that I am planning on reading also. I was actually sent a copy of the book not too long ago, but it got lost in the mail.

Rebecca (rmsacks at hotmail dot com)

RebekahC said...

Generally, I'm not big on historical stuff. On a good friend's recommendation earlier this year though I read both The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vaction. And while some things did bore me and others went totally over my head, I did find that I kind of enjoyed her style. Vowell has an odd humor about her, and the way she writes her adventures down makes for an entertaining read. I'd love to participate in this draw. Thanks!

RebekahC
littleminx at cox dot net

Tara said...

I'd like to read this - the exploration of Puritanism always intrigues me.

Serena said...

I'm a sucker for historical fiction. I would love to see the puritan world recreated in this book and its impact on the characters.

JWK said...

Sarah Vowell is so much fun! I can't wait to see how she fully expands into the full-length form she flirted with in Assassination Vacation, especially with such a potentially timely subject.

Rue said...

Sounds like a cool book. I always enjoy good historical fiction, especially when it's got some humor in it. I'd love a chance to win it.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Natasha said...

I lived in Mass while I was going to school and was always intrigued by the great history of the area. I also love a good chuckle, so this sounds great!
natasha_sacopaso[at]hotmail[dot]com

Thursday Bram said...

This books sounds really interesting me. Please enter me in the contest. thursday at thursdaybram dot com.

Sierra said...

I've read all of her books, even bought a couple of the audio disks. She is an amazing author, makes history SO fun to read. I got my parents to listen to assassination vacation. My stodgy parents who dislike everything I like simple because I like it.. that's the ultimate endorsement.

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