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SARAH VOWELL, THE WORDY SHIPMATES

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The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell [Riverhead, $25]

The NPR addict's favorite historian returns with a pop exploration of the Puritans who founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and their lingering influence on American culture. Vowell's quirky tone doesn't always jibe with her subject matter, but this is still invigorating stuff. Timothy Hodler

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