March 21, 2011
"Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Then again, he said that before he got shot." ~ Sarah Vowell (Assassination Vacation)
Sarah Vowell is probably most recognized as the Minnie-mouse voiced contributor to This American Life on Public Radio International. Dry and acerbic, her reflections of history, pop culture, and the uneasy hybrid of the two have made her a favorite on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, David Letterman, and Conan. Her most popular radio story chronicled her father’s efforts to build and fire his own artillery cannon.
Her books have proven to be just as popular, ranging in subject from the fascination with Lincoln’s assassination (Assassination Vacation), to those wacky Puritans (Wordy Shipmates), to two collections of essays about aspects of culture and history (Take the Cannoli and Partly Cloudy Patriot)
"American history is a quagmire, and the more one knows, the quaggier the mire gets." ~ Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell’s latest book is due to be released next week. Called Unfamiliar Fishes, it offers her take on the events leading up to the American annexation of Hawaii in 1898. She’s actually appearing at the Unity Temple on the Plaza on April 3 to discuss and sign copies of the book, and I already have my ticket. MCPL already has the title in its catalog. Put it on hold, and be one of the first to read what is sure to be an incredibly entertaining narrative. All of her other titles are available and waiting for you to…check them out!
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