Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World
Take the Cannoli is a moving and wickedly funny collection of personal stories stretching across the immense landscape of the American scene. Vowell tackles subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history with a biting humor. She searches the streets of Hoboken for traces of the... show more
Take the Cannoli is a moving and wickedly funny collection of personal stories stretching across the immense landscape of the American scene. Vowell tackles subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history with a biting humor. She searches the streets of Hoboken for traces of the town's favorite son, Frank Sinatra. She goes under cover of heavy makeup in an investigation of goth culture, blasts cannonballs into a hillside on a father-daughter outing, and maps her family's haunted history on a road trip down the Trail of Tears. Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double-edged -- that has attracted a loyal following for her magazine writing and radio monologues on This American Life.
Publish date: 2001-04-03
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 219
Edition language: English
, Short Stories
A collection of Vowell's essays culled from several magazine/newspaper columns and This American Life, this is one of those books that is difficult for me to rate. On the one hand, I found her dry humour entertaining, but on the other, I'm not a fan of cynicism in general, and Vowell's weaponised ...
I can already tell I'm going to want to read this again. Essays, I love them. Plus, in my mind, I can hear Vowell as she must have sounded on This American Life, which is where most of these began. There's a few bits of growing-up interspersed throughout, a lot of history, the blackest of humor. Gre...
This was a collection of short stories which Vowell wrote up to around the year 2000. Some of them were quite entertaining while others did not peak my interest. My favorite short story would have to be the one about insomnia, I could really relate. I enjoy Vowell's writing and her personality but t...
This was all right, but I’m starting to think I picked Vowell’s best book to start with (Assassination Vacation), because nothing else has quite measured up to that one. I couldn’t get through Wordy Shipmates, and this one left me cold. The essays felt disjointed when put together, though taken indi...