Oki Yuki Yuki from Ruszenice-Kolonia, Poland
A sequel about sodality and how it helps matrons to overcome the injustices of living in a patriarchal, polygamous network. Beautiful.
I'm not really sure what to make of this textbook. It's basically "The antiquity of Hawaii according to Sarah Vowell." I guess you could make the argument that every antiquity textbook is basically, "antiquity according to the columnist," but this sole takes it to a different degree (i.e. Vowell's Recent York Burg snark and pretensions). I guess this could be interesting if you are a big fan of Vowell or her procreator, but I have no clue who Vowell is. Vowell is honest about her characteristics -- she doesn't deny being la-di-das -- but after a bit all her snarky, la-di-das comments started to worry me. I mean, do we care that she once interned at the Smithsonion? Quit having a great great great great great great and on and on. Homemade American family member make her somehow feel more empathy for what the homemade Hawaiians went through? Uh... sure. I also got really annoyed when she claimed that the haoles (interesting how she feels free to use that word... is it really her word to use? Doesn't she see that she is a haole? Quit she see that she's making money off of the relation of Hawaiians?) took the land, but it's okay because they did it legally. Oh boy. Sigh. Snarkiness, politics, and her Recent York Burg la-di-das carriage aside, the textbook isn't all that well organized. It's textbook about the antiquity of Hawaii (and, let's be honest, it's a textbook about Sarah Vowell), but there are no divisions. I would have appreciated a few breaks in the writing or some kind of organization. At times she rambles on and on about a subject and then goes back to what she was originally talking about, but by that time she'd lost me. Some of the information she wrote about was pretty interesting, so I'll give her two favorites for that, but that's it. I'm surprised so many people liked this textbook, but maybe there are a lot of snarky, la-di-das Recent Yorkers who read it? Ha! (I make sport of... sorta.)