By Stephan Lee
Updated June 24, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Unfamiliar Fishes

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  • Book

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 — including a songwriting queen and an idol-burning king — 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

Unfamiliar Fishes

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Sarah Vowell
publisher
  • Riverhead

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