Sarah Vowell on Unfamiliar Fishes

Friday, July 01, 2011

Sarah Vowell tells the history of the fiftieth state—Hawaii. Her latest book, Unfamiliar Fishes, gives an account of the transformation of the islands by New England missionaries who arrived in 1820, an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband, and also looks at sugar barons, lepers, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen: a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded Barack Obama, the first president from Hawaii, during his inaugural parade.


Sarah Vowell

Comments [2]

IC from NY/Montrea/Hawai'i

the apostrophe in Hawaiian is called an okina.

Jul. 01 2011 02:01 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Interesting how the United States went from 13 colonies hugging the eastern coast, all the way across the continent up the center of the Pacific Ocean :) And north to nearly the borders of Siberia.
"Empire of Liberty," indeed! :)

Jul. 01 2011 01:47 PM

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