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Unfamiliar Fishes

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Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes | BUY A VOWELL Sarah Vowell's latest nonfiction book

Unfamiliar Fishes

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Sarah Vowell
publisher:
Riverhead
genre:
History, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

This slim yet exhaustive study of our country’s graceless appropriation of Hawaii is largely told through the lives of significant but oft-forgotten natives β€” including a songwriting queen and an idol-burning king β€” and those of the New England Puritans (a favorite topic of the author) who Americanized them. Although Unfamiliar Fishes could use a little more of Vowell’s voice peppered throughout some of the long stretches of history and reporting, her brainy wit and savvy cultural references keep the book from seeming like homework. B

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