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Unfamiliar Fishes. by  Sarah Vowell - Signed First Edition - 2011 - from Quinn & Davis Booksellers and Biblio.com

Unfamiliar Fishes.

by Vowell, Sarah

Condition: As New in As New dust jacket


Riverhead Books, N. Y.. As New in As New dust jacket. 2011. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 9781594487873 . A First Edition in hardcover signed by the author, Sarah Vowell. Signed only - no other names, writing, or marks. An interesting history of our 50th State. The author considers the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing of all the states. 238 pages, bibliography. Dust jacket and book are in Fine, as new, condition. ; Standard Book Size. .

From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing. From the arrival of the New England missionaries in 1820, who came to Christianize the local heathens, to the coup d'état led by the missionaries' sons in 1893, overthrowing the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, if often appalling or tragic, characters. Whalers who fire cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their god-given right to whores; an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband; sugar barons, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaiian-born president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade. With her trademark wry insights and reporting, Vowell sets out to discover the odd, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state. In examining the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn, she finds America again, warts and all.


  • Bookseller: Quinn & Davis Booksellers US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 123802
  • Title: Unfamiliar Fishes.
  • Author: Vowell, Sarah
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: As New in As New dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition; First Printing
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 1594487871
  • ISBN 13: 9781594487873
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books, N. Y.
  • Place: New York, New York
  • Date published: 2011
  • Keywords: 9781594487873, Hawaii, History, Colonization, United States, Signed


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