The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The author of Take the Cannoli and contributing editor for public radio's "This American Life" shares her perspective on such topics as the 2000 election, present-day civil rights activists, and the relationship between the United States and Canada. 35,000 first printing.

& Taylor

The author shares her perspective on such topics as the 2000 election, present-day civil rights activists, and the relationship between the United States and Canada.

Simon and Schuster
In The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell -- widely hailed for her inimitable narratives on public radio's This American Life -- ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else? What is it about the Zen of foul shots? And, in the title piece, why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot? Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is a teeming and engrossing book, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002
ISBN: 9780743223522
Branch Call Number: 973 VOW
Characteristics: 197 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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Oct 11, 2017

This book is a collection of her short essays. I really enjoy Vowell's writing and humor and her owning being a Nerd. The book was published soon after the 2000 election, so there are more than a few essays pro Gore/anti Bush. If you don't agree with that thinking, either avoid the book entirely, or just those essays. She does make researching and learning seem "fun" and has inspired me to read A LOT more on American history.

LPL_KateG Jan 19, 2016

This is my first Sarah Vowell book experience, and I'm SO hooked now. As expected, she's hilarious and wise and nerdy and wonderful. This one is a particularly poignant in 2016, an election year.

Jul 04, 2011

Because I've read rave reviews of the author's work, maybe I was expecting too much. I appreciated some of the essays but I can't say I found them particularly insightful, witty or funny. I didn't regret reading the book since it didn't take much time but I'm not likely to read her other books or recommend her to others. Sorry.


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