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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
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Jul 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, non-fiction, autographed
Read in February, 2012

Sarah Vowell ends on a...bright(?) note, or at least cautiously cheery note, but I closed the book with a deep sadness. But you know, how can you not feel sad when it comes to Hawaii's relatively speedy descent from being, you know, Hawai'i to being just another Puritan-snatched port for the United States Navy?

Gah. Don't get me started. I'll just say that I think Sarah Vowell is great and I really get a kick out of her pithy takes on historical topics.

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01/24/2012 page 29
12.0% ""'Like the mass of foreign seamen who then visited our cities without being improved in their morals, [they] were for a time exposed to the evil of being confirmed in vice and ignorance, and in utter contempt of the claims of Christianity.' That is how a missionary describes the fact that the Hawaiians went to the theater." I love Sarah Vowell."
01/26/2012 page 56
24.0% "So far I am liking this one much better than The Wordy Shipmates."
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