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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
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Dec 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, audible, history, nonfiction
Read in November, 2008

As a soon-to-be clergy in the United Church of Christ, which traces itself to the Puritans, I probably enjoyed this history of "my people" more than some others might. Nevertheless, I think it's a really good history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and important reading for those interested in American culture. Vowell does a god job of putting the Boston Puritans in their historical context, and manages to make them interesting -- and even funny. My only annoyance is how much Vowell puts her own quirky ideas and memoir material into the text.

I usually do a fact-check on history books by testing the history I already know against what the author proposes. In this case, I knew more about the background than about the actual period Vowell covered. However, the background stuff I could fact-check from my own knowledge seemed correctly presented, so I trust the rest of it.

Note: I read this book in audiobook format from audible.com.

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