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 stories on public radio's This American Life -- ponders a number of curious... show more
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 stories 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.
Publish date: October 1st 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 196
Edition language: English
, American History
, Short Stories
The Partly Cloudy Patriot is a very entertaining book that brings up some controversial topics (some political, some not). Sarah Vowell, the author, gives a great performance. What else can you expect from a regular contributor to NPR and "This American Life"? She knows how to create topics of conve...
Sarah Vowell always leaves me feeling comforted that there is someone else out there that sees the world in a different light. That there IS someone in the world that actually seems to be sane and logical and zany at the same time. Unfortunately after leaving the world of Vowell I still am faced wit...
This was my introduction to Sarah Vowell, and I now like her very much. I know, I'm a loser for not listening to NPR more frequently, but I can't pay attention to anything else when it's on (seriously - even wash dishes), so I don't.She's funny and smart and insightful and definitely a patriot in a...
This has got to be one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. The book is comprised of a collection of essays and personal stories. It is actually a book that I can see myself reading over and over again as the years go by.All of the essays are funny, some more than others. Of partic...
I absolutely ate this book up. I love how much Sarah Vowell loves Abraham Lincoln, how she argues for the preservation of an underground lunchroom in the Carlsbad Caverns because at the end of the day we Americans are just "a bunch of fun-loving dopes," and how she thinks more people would have like...