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A Puritan Voyage With Sarah Vowell

When I think Puritans, several words come to mind, some inexplicable, others expected: Bible, heresy, literacy, wood, God, sermons, exile, simplicity, fear, and Gary Oldman. And now I have one more to add to the heap: Sarah Vowell. Author, humorist and frequent contributor to This American Life, Vowell is also quite a historian. Her new book, The Wordy Shipmates, takes us into the lives of the Puritans. It's a world packed with dynamic characters — think John Winthrop, Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams — that laid the foundation for some of America's deepest values. If you have questions for Sarah Vowell, leave them here. And have you ever become fascinated by a certain period of history? Tell us about it...