Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States By Sarah Vowell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631740
Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

I’m not sure how someone who knows so much can be so funny when imparting what she knows, but Sarah Vowell has that knack. Her latest saga, long on history, short on boring, high on humor, begins with a question: How did the Marquis de Lafayette win over the stingiest, crankiest tax protestors in the world? Vowell then proceeds to answer that question with an improbably funny saga that manages to give you a vivid, witty picture of not only the brash young Marquis but our founding fathers as well. The young Marquis dashes about on his horse, ignoring wife, child, and king, shuttles nervously back and forth as the French finally arrive, to end regarding America with rosy adoration. Vowell both skewers and admires this view of us, making clear what a fractious, uneasily bound-together lot we Americans are and always have been, and how naïve our hero. Vowell never met a joke she didn’t like, and her weaving of present-day politics, the personal and the past with history lights up that past until it illuminates the present. – Betsy Burton

City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón & Sheila Alvarado

City of Clowns By Daniel Alarcón, Sheila Alvarado Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633331
Published: Riverhead Books - November 3rd, 2015

Artist Sheila Alvarado illustrates Daniel Alarcón's moving short story about coming to terms with his philandering father and exploring Lima's vast collection of bizarre street performers. – Kenneth Loosli

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War by Candlelight: Stories By Daniel Alarcon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060594800
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2006