Sarah Vowell talks about The Wordy Shipmates. Vowell travels through America's past to 17th-century New England. She looks at the Puritan effect and finds their beliefs about church and state more interesting than their buckles-and-corn reputation would suggest.
Vowell is a regular contributor to public radio's This American Life and is the author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot- The Wordy Shipmates
Sarah Jane Vowell was born December 27, 1969 and is an American author, journalist, humorist, and commentator. Often referred to as a "social observer," Vowell has authored several books and is a regular contributor to the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International.
She was also the voice of Violet in the animated film The Incredibles and a short documentary, Vowellet: An Essay by Sarah Vowell in the "Behind the Scenes" extras of The Incredibles DVD release.
I've seen Sarah on late night and on Jon Stewart, she is really amusing, quick witted, and even challenging as a guest. A refreshing departure from most guests.
I am three quarters through Wordy Shipmates and it is a nice easy and informative read. Her history is not dense as reading the Mayflower for example, but it is nice to get a very contemporary and witty perspective on the first arrivals, the local tribes, and the tenuous relationship with England.
I am pleased to be able to see this on FORA and flesh it out a bit, but the questions are difficult to hear and she is obviously not feeling well.
I think her book should be required reading in high schools and possibly college courses
J Patrick in RI