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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

June 18th, 2012 · No Comments


finished 06.17.12

I read Vowell’s book, Assassination Vacation last year and I think I got lucky. I really liked it. I’ve since tried to read a few of her other books and found I couldn’t get through even the beginning parts. Unfamiliar Fishes was totally readable, but I still got lost in her many digressions at times. She starts out with the missionaries coming to Hawaii (1820) and goes through its annexation (1890s), touching on religion, politics, Hawaiian royalty, missionaries, natives, whaling, sailors, morals, sugar, civil wars, presidents, plantation workers, etc. Many parts of Hawaii’s history. An alright read of Hawaii’s history. I learned a few things, and I’ve read my share of historical Hawaiian books, but not a favorite read.

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Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

April 23rd, 2011 · No Comments


finished 04.22.11

I’ve known of Sarah Vowel for years and always meant to read one of her books but never did. Then she was all over the press circuit for a bit recently because she wrote a book about the history of Hawaii. Plus some of our Hawaii friends were posting about it. I probably won’t get the Hawaii book until it’s in paperback, but in the meantime I picked up a few of her other books. Assassination Vacation is the first I read. Who knew that reading about the first three U.S. presidential assassinations would be so entertaining! Will for sure read more of her books.

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