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The Wordy Shipmates
The Wordy Shipmates | Sarah Vowell
From the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States,The Wordy Shipmates is New York Timesbestselling author Sarah Vowell's exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop's "city upon a hill," a shining example, a "city that cannot be hid." To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Vowell investigates what that means? and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and- corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. Along the way she asks: *Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, a Christlike Christian, or conformity?s tyrannical enforcer? Answer: Yes! *Was Rhode Island?s architect, Roger Williams, America?s founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference. *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. Sarah Vowell?s special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She 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. Thou shalt enjoy it.
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crhealey
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Not sure I ever understood what the central premise of this was supposed to be so I found some parts to drag and other parts seemed cut short. I would have liked to know more about how Vowell experiences this history and not necessarily a (humorous) retelling of the history.

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crhealey
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crhealey
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At home in the land of the Puritans... #beachweek #newengland #southshorema

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lahousewyfe
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Mehso-so

I love Sarah Vowell but this one was a bit of a slog - which is why it took me since November to finish it! I'm glad I did though. The ending was worth the slog through Puritan facts.

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Ncostell
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Sarah Vowell has a unique way of presenting history and I enjoyed her look at the Puritans and the Massachusetts Bay Colony although it was pretty dry at times. I did really appreciate some insights into local New England history especially regarding the Pequot War which took place in Mystic, CT. I also learned about Anne Hutchinson who I knew nothing about and found that the Hutchinson Parkway was named after her. V for #litsyatoz2019

BookNAround I always thoroughly enjoy her books. 6mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 5mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I didn‘t expect the history in this one to include such local CT history so I found it very interesting. 5mo
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booksandbeans
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Coleen
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I‘ve liked other Sara Vowell books, but this one really missed the mark for me. I think the subject matter just wasn‘t appealing to me. And the flow of the book wasn‘t quite right. If I hadn‘t been listening to the audio and Sara‘s quirky voice, I might have bailed on this one. 🤷‍♀️

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alisonrose
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1. Basically anything by Sarah Vowell, but especially The Wordy Shipmates!
2. July
3. Nope, never wanted kids despite everyone insisting YOU‘LL CHANGE YOUR MIND ONE DAY!!! Guess what? They were wrong.
4. Probably pretzels because they last a long time so less worry about them being stale 😜🥨
5. I‘ll try to find you!
#friyay #friyayintro

inthegreensandblues Definitely my favorite book about Puritans 😂 12mo
2BR02B I just picked up a copy of Assassination Vacation! Really looking forward to my first Sarah Vowell. 12mo
alisonrose @inthegreensandblues LOLOL same! 😜 12mo
alisonrose @2BR02B That one is really good too! 12mo
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iread2much
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I listened to the audiobook and I‘m so glad I did. The voice acting is really fun, and when it‘s being read to me I am not as bothered by the author injecting random tangents and her own opinions into the book. I learned a lot, including that the puritans were fantastic readers and loved writing and education. I really enjoyed this audio book and highly recommend it to anyone with the slightest bit of interest in American or British history 3/5 🌟

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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When you have a boat in your classroom, of course you have to use it for photo ops! #currentlyreading #nonfiction

rather_be_reading haha def! 1y
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Laughterhp
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Got some book mail in today from @Natasha.C.Barnes !! Thanks!! 😊

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azulaco
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Pickpick

This was a slow read for me, not because it was dull, but because I had to slow down to absorb all the information that was coming at me. (Except the middle part about the Pequot Wars - I really did find that boring.) I think the author did a good job bringing the Puritans to life, and exploring the roots of modern American attitudes in Puritan beliefs. I especially found the part on Anne Hutchinson interesting.

Nute I have every intention on reading her books, but I always get about halfway through and then put them aside for another book. Her writing is good and she gives a lot of information in a small-sized book (usually about 200 pages), but I'm unable to finish them. 2y
azulaco @Nute I sympathize. I had to push my way through the middle part. It was a slog for awhile. I might not have pushed so hard if I hadn‘t had some friends I was reading it with. 2y
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azulaco
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Still plugging along with this one. I seriously could have done without the whole section on the Pequot War.

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azulaco
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#riotgrams Feb. 2: Current read. It‘s kind of a slog but I‘m about two-thirds through it.

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azulaco
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😂😂😂

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azulaco
The Wordy Shipmates | Sarah Vowell

This one has been on my list for a long time. I‘m reading it long-distance with two of my oldest friends.

DivineDiana How nice that you and your friends have arranged such a “book club” ! 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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#NCBgiveaway Now how about some nonfiction? This one has gotten a lot more Litsy love than some of the others. Vowell's funny and approachable exploration of the Puritans sounds fascinating: "The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance." If you want it, comment below and I'll draw on Tuesday. US only please, sorry

DGRachel Ooh, I have this one my Litsy TBR. Looks really interesting! 2y
idrinkandiknowthings I'd heard good things about Sarah Vowell and love to read something by her! 2y
vivastory I've been meaning to read Vowell. Sounds great! 2y
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JackOBotts She is great! Adding to my TBR now!! 📚 2y
Blaire Oh fun - I like Sarah vowell. My fave is 2y
Mollyanna That does sound interesting. I will have to check Vowell out. 2y
MiyakoBunny ⛵️ 2y
irre I‘ve been meaning to read Sarah Vowell. Thanks for the giveaway! 2y
kricheal Thanks for doing these giveaways! 2y
Laughterhp This looks interesting and I‘m not usually one for nonfiction! 2y
Ingerella This sounds super interesting. I used to hear Sarah Vowell on This American Life. 2y
TheBookStacker I love her writing! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 2y
BookishShelly This one seems really good. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks This looks so interesting! Thanks for the opportunity to win!💗 2y
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A_planNerd
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Talk WORDY to Me 👌🏽

Bookish.Heart Yes!!! 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola My bff got me this tote for my birthday! 2y
Bookzombie 😍 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai 😂 love it! 👍 2y
A_planNerd What an awesome gift @Reviewsbylola 2y
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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

Sarah Vowell makes history so accessible. She‘s funny and makes awesome comparisons to help the reader understand events and possible motivations of people she writes about. This book was about the Puritan settlers in the early 1600s. #audiobook #nonfiction

Lea I just love her books. My favorite is 2y
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LaurenReads
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#audiocooking some mac&cheese with a very hopeful beagle #dogsoflitsy (this book is great so far!)

Kaylamburson I just made Mac and cheese, too!! Yum! 2y
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theshrinkette
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Felt like listening to Vowell's deadpan humor.

Booksnchill I kept relistening to Assassination Vacation- love her! (edited) 2y
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Jadams1776
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Trying to stay sane on this super busy Monday. I love how snarky she is.

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Chelsea
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This one has been on my TBR for a while. Finally getting to it. #litsypartyofone

DebinHawaii I'll be curious to see what you think--it's on my #TBR list too. 👍📚 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

Sarah Vowell has a way of taking history and making it come alive. In this book she takes puritans and the first colonies in Boston and Rhode Island and gives their story excitement.

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BookishMarginalia
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Lazy Sunday with the wife: broiled lobster, fresh corn, cold Riesling, and Grace and Frankie.

saresmoore I LOVE Grace & Frankie! Enjoy! 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 Cute wine glass!! 2y
DyAnne I just watched the very first episode of Grace and Frankie. Immediately downloaded all of season 1.❤ 2y
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MrBook MMMMmmmm!!! 😋 2y
minkyb Nice! 2y
LauraBeth Your glass 😻😻 2y
LilMamaMastro I just saw my Netflix notification about Season 3; excited to binge soon! Enjoy lovely food, lovely company & lovely relaxation!! 2y
ApoptyGina69 All parts of this post are wonderful! My sister has already watched G & F and is waiting for me to catch up. Soon! 🍷🤗😍 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Love Grace and Frankie. Bing watching and finishing season two now. (edited) 2y
Jerseygirldani Where did you get that adorable wine glass??? 2y
MrBook Where's #Septimus? I want to see Septimus 😺. 2y
nadine_swartz The 🍷 glass!! 2y
Gissy 😋 2y
diovival I'm almost finished watching season 3 😂 2y
BekahPat This is perfection! Totally my kind of day. Good food, good wine, and some laughs with the one you love. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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I thoroughly enjoyed this history of how the Puritan settling of Massachusetts has influenced American values and politics up to the present day. Vowell's takes on history are always informative and entertaining, and this one is no exception. The audiobook is recommended, as it is narrated by the author with assists by well-known personalities who give voice to the real-life historical figures featured in the narrative. 👍🏼

aubergine123 I really enjoyed this. I'd love to listen to the audiobook. Loved the audio of her book about Lafayette. 2y
tracyrowanreads Assassination Vacation is also quite good. 2y
Lea Love her! Is my favorite 2y
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Dogearedcopy This is one of those weird audiobooks for me: I agree that she is the perfect narrator for her book (She inserts herself into the narrative which makes it personal); but her voice drives me crazy! 2y
MsSinn I love her. Good audio rec! 2y
MadCatRamble I enjoyed it too. I've never listened to her on audio though! I may need to give it try.. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Pickpick

#MiaCat and I both enjoyed this account of how the Puritans settled in America. The audiobook is read by the author and a host of famous people whose job it is to give voice to the people referenced in the text through their original writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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WanderingBookaneer
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder *adds to wishlist* 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Oh and ??? "shoe-buckles and corn reputations" in the description. 2y
DGRachel "What does it take to get that Jezebel Anne Hutchison to shut up? A hatchet." OMG-dying! ??? *stacked* 2y
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GinEyre22
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Reading The Wordy Shipmates on a ship...

britt_brooke Perfect! 🚢 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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Mehso-so

Meh...I expected more. The snark doesn't sit well in a supposed historical text. (I read that the Library of Congress lists this as fiction ?) There seems to be no organization to it. And I have no idea what the thesis was.
The Audible version was odd. She had a host of actors signed on, but they read just a line or two here & there. It doesn't come off well.

On the upside, I finally know what "The Hutch" is & who it's named for.

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Booklion
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Immersive, well researched. It's a great dive into life with the Puritans of Plymouth colony. Only gripe is that it takes the Puritan's view of English politics of the time instead of a more objective view.

Sweettartlaura That's actually one of the more interesting points for me. I get that things didn't go as well as they could have😜. But I think it's worth remembering that by and large, especially in the New England colonies, the people coming were really trying to create something meaningful. That gets buried by the fact that, you know, there were already people living here, doing their own thing 😉 3y
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BeththeBookDragon
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Ok Littens, I need help deciding which book I should listen to next. I'm saving Sarah Vowell for my 'W' in the #litsyAtoZ challenge for next year, so it's between these two.

MicheleinPhilly HERE COMES THE SUN!!!!! ❤️ 3y
Hoopiefoot I co-sign on Here Comes the Sun! 3y
HardcoverHearts Jumping on the Sun train! 3y
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Lindy I loved the audiobook 3y
BeththeBookDragon @MicheleinPhilly @Hoopiefoot @HardcoverHearts @Lindy Unanimous so far! Guess I know what I'll be starting! 3y
Megabooks I want a review of Here Comes the Sun when you finish! 3y
Lola All the yes to Here Comes the Sun. One of my favorite books of 2016. And the audio is tremendous. 3y
read_diverse_books Loved this cover for Here Comes The Sun. I say read that one! 3y
ultrabookgeek Here comes the sun is amazing! Loved it. 3y
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KVanRead
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Perfect accompaniment for making stuffing...the #audiobook that is, although the Bellini's not hurting either.😂 #LitsyCooks #HappyThanksgiving @Litsy @HMHCooks

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Kat.Kao
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LA Chinese Thanksgiving with the husband's family is already the best.

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Quirkybooknerd
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Because the only thing better than reading Sarah Vowell...is listening to her read to me!

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