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Unfamiliar Fishes

Vowell, Sarah

(Audiobook CD - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Unfamiliar Fishes
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Vowell examines the intriguing history of America's 50th state, beginning with the clash between New England missionaries and Hawaii's laid-back natives of the early 1800s.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781449847944
1449847943
Branch Call Number: CD- 996.9 V974u
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (7 hr., 45 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Armisen, Fred 1966-, Narrator
Hader, Bill 1978-, Narrator
Hodgman, John Narrator
Keener, Catherine Narrator
Norton, Edward Narrator
Reeves, Keanu Narrator
Rudd, Paul Narrator
Rudolph, Maya Narrator
Slattery, John 1963-, Narrator
Recorded Books, LLC.
Simon and Schuster, inc

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Vowell examines the intriguing history of America's 50th state, beginning with the clash between New England missionaries and Hawaii's laid-back natives of the early 1800s.


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Jul 25, 2013
  • JCLBarbG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This may not be my favorite of Sarah Vowell's, however, anything that she reads out loud makes it worthwhile.

Jul 05, 2013
  • JCLBethanyT rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I actually felt this to be a pretty even-handed look at the always painful subject of American subsuming of native peoples, cultures and lands. Hawaii is an excellent example of manifest destiny and its pros (a written language for the natives, a literacy explosion, access to Western goods and services) and its inevitable cons (exposure to infectious diseases, co-opting of Hawai'ian land and government, the near disappearance of cultural traditions and religion.) Funny, informative and clever.

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