Writer Sarah Vowell turns her attention to the westernization of our 50th state in her newest book, giving Hawaiian history a healthy dose of wry commentary.
In her previous book, The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell delved into the lives of some of the early settlers of New England. in her latest, Unfamiliar Fishes, she follows some of the descendants of those same early American settlers, as they sought to export their ideals and values to the "heathen" natives of the Hawaiian islands. Her intensive study of these people and their actions left her with more understanding and respect than readers might expect.
It was the wives of the missionaries, in particular, that Vowell found herself relating to, especially after learning more of the details of their day to day lives.
Vowell is a bit surprised to find herself becoming a specialist in writing about some of the dark corners in American history. But as a story teller, she has found that to be a rich source of material.