Cultural commentator Sarah Vowell has tackled topics ranging from Puritans (The Wordy Shipmates) to the murder scenes of American presidents (Assassination Vacation).
Her latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, takes readers on a romp through Hawaiian history. The book's on sale next week and you can catch a review in the April issue of BookPage—but why not take a few minutes now for this video preview?
Having never been to Hawaii, I will admit that I was unfamiliar with the "plate lunch" tradition. I suspect that we can look forward to more educational/amusing anecdotes such as this one in Unfamiliar Fishes.
What's your favorite book by Sarah Vowell? Read a review in BookPage of Assassination Vacation, and also let us know: Have you seen any good book trailers lately?
When we posted about Ron Chernow's biography of George Washington back in April, we wondered if there is really more to say about our first president, especially after Joseph J. Ellis' 2004 biography, His Excellency: George Washington.
Washington: A Life comes out today, and BookPage reviewer Roger Bishop puts our doubts to rest, writing that the biography is "magnificently written, richly detailed and always compelling."
If you're a history buff, how's this for a recommendation?—"We now know more about [Washington] than his family, friends and other contemporaries did."
For a taste of the book, watch Chernow (winner of the National Book Award in 1990) give some biographical details on Washington:
Will you check out Washington: A Life? What book trailers have you watched recently?