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Unfamiliar Fishes

Sarah Vowell’s latest greatest most snarkiest historical adventure is now available for check out.

From Publisher Weekly’s Review: Recounting the brief, remarkable history of a unified and independent Hawaii, Vowell, a public radio star and bestselling author (The Wordy Shipmates), retraces the impact of New England missionaries who began arriving in the early 1800s to remake the island paradise into a version of New England….Outrageous and wise-cracking, educational but never dry, this book is a thought-provoking and entertaining glimpse into the U.S.’s most unusual state and its unanticipated twists on the familiar story of Americanization.

The Chicagoist has also just published an interesting conversation with Ms. Vowell.