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Best-selling author Sarah Vowell has been a contributing editor for National Public Radio's "This American Life" and has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of "Radio On," "Take the Cannoli" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot." Her new book, “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” (Riverhead), is an insightful and unconventional account of George Washington’s trusted officer and friend, the swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette.