Daily Show correspondent and PC pitch-man, John Hodgman is back with another treasury of ephemera.  In his new book, Hodgman casts an incredibly wide net, including sections on Food, Gambling, and How to Become Famous.  Absurdist humor doesn’t get better than this, with its  pseudo-didactic tone and  loosely autobiographical nature. Short essays, endless footnotes, and a tongue-in-cheek timeline combine seamlessly, making More Information Than You Require (Dutton, $25) the perfect way to steal a few minutes and laughs.

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ISBN: 9780525950349
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Published: Dutton Adult - October 21st, 2008

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ISBN: 9781594483646
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Published: Penguin Books - November 3rd, 2009

The Wordy Shipmates (Penguin, $25.95) is, in effect, a sort of grandiose footnote to a pair of Puritan sermons.  If that fails to suggest a wonderfully promiscuous romp through colonial theology, frontier warfare, and American pop culture of the ’70s and ’80s, you are unacquainted with Sarah Vowell.  Drawing on primary sources and short-lived sitcoms, Vowell reveals “the shipmates” to be far stranger and more interesting than our dour caricature of the Puritans suggests: rugged (communitarians), cerebral (fundamentalists), and armed-to-the-teeth (pragmatists).  Along the way, she excavates tropes of American rhetoric like “the shining city on a hill” and reanimates the world of ideas that produced them.  This effort hints at an alternate history where American exceptionalism is less an applause line than a spur to self-criticism and self-sacrifice.

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ISBN: 9781594484001
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 6th, 2009