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stephanieanngraves

Vellichor Afternoons

I like trip-hop, anachronism, cats, both coffee and tea, the sound of rain on a tin roof, antique keys, pop culture as a substitute for religion, theatre, photography, Oxford commas, and, of course, reading.

Currently reading

John Dies at the End
David Wong
Geek Love
Katherine Dunn
I, Lucifer
Glen Duncan
The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British
Sarah Lyall
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace
Tamar Adler, Alice Waters
Craven Place
Richard Wright
Bloodroot
Amy Greene
Unfamiliar Fishes
Sarah Vowell
Academics Handbook 2nd Ed-P
The Wordy Shipmates - Sarah Vowell Oh, Sarah Vowell. I've now finished reading all that she has written, and The Wordy Shipmates makes me wish that weren't the case. Her books--and this one in particular, which most closely echoes Assassination Vacation--validates the dorky history nerd inside me. Vowell also understands the allure of a good monument and the wackiness of history, which I enjoy immensely.

That being said, this book is chock-full of amazing fact, mostly telling to story of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and its founders, in particular John Winthrop and Roger Williams (who later founds Rhode Island after being banished from Boston for generally being disagreeable and not shutting up about it). It's a really engaging read, full of details on colonist/ Indian relations that I wasn't aware of, and overall a big pleasure.

If more nonfiction were like this, I would read it more often.