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The Wordy Shipmates (Riverhead)
What brought the indomitable Sarah Vowell to write a book about the Puritans? A couple of Thanksgiving episodes of The Brady Bunch and Happy Days, to be sure, but also her admiration for the Puritans' ability to sustain religious difference and still maintain community. It's a conversation about today's world in the guise of one about America's beginnings.
- Sarah Vowell: author and social observer