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Sarah Vowell 

When: Wed., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2012
Price: free
hallcenter.ku.edu
If author and essayist Sarah Vowell's books weren't so smartly written, they would be perfect tomes for high school history students. Alas, some of her music references might throw off the kids. Vowell, who rose to fame with her sharp, comical This American Life contributions, now writes historical nonfiction that explains huge topics with wit and humor grounded in the zeitgeist. Her 2002 essay collection, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, takes a sober look at America's past and future with Vowell's wondering how she (and the rest of us, really) can love this troubled country so much. Her most recent book, 2011's Unfamiliar Fishes, explores the annexation of Hawaii. Reading Vowell's books is like having your much smarter, much funnier friend drive you around her hometown while telling you about the curious parts of its past. Except all of America is Vowell's hometown. See her at 7:30 p.m. when she speaks at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union (1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, 785-864-4798) as part of the Hall Center for the Humanities Lecture Series. Admission is free. For more information, see hallcenter.ku.edu.
— Ben Palosaari

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