Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self- government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight. With her trademark smart-alecky insights and reporting, Vowell lights out to discover the off, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state, and in so doing finds America, warts and all.
Sarah Vowell is the bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates, Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On. Writers at Wright is a partnership between The Book Table, Friends of the Oak Park Public Library, Midwest Media and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation dedicated to bringing the finest authors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL. This event with Sarah Vowell is free and open to the public. 7 pm Unity Temple, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL.