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Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World

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Take the Cannoli is a moving and wickedly funny collection of personal stories stretching across the immense landscape of the American scene. Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," 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.

While tackling subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history, these autobiographical tales are written with a biting humor, placing Vowell solidly in the tradition of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell 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.

Take the Cannoli is an eclectic tour of the New World, a collection of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.

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"Sharp, funny, disarming, and frighteningly intelligent essays, Sarah Vowell displays a wisdom far beyond her years. Take the Cannoli should formally qualify her for the position of National Treasure." David Sedaris

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"Vowell takes herself seriously, but never too seriously — she reminds her readers that she is, for the most part, just like them. Yet, she takes universal experiences like waiting for a UPS delivery or learning to drive and turns them into interesting stories, twisting her daily life into witty, newsworthy tales. And when Vowell recalls feeling like a 'living, breathing faux pas,' teenagers and misfits everywhere know exactly how that feels." Rachel Kramer Bussel, BUST Magazine

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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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for This American Life on Public Radio International and a regular writer for McSweeney's.

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sikoya, October 25, 2009 (view all comments by sikoya)
Outrageously funny, witty, intelligent autobiographical stories about life, childhood anxiety, parental disagreements, life and love. A little bit of something for everyone. Highly recommended.
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Powell has created a coolly crafted, down-to-earth piece of storytelling about how society really lives in America. She has a knack for satirical undertones that could, or should be considered very rare in American literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743205405
Author:
Vowell, Sarah
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
v.3
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 6.86 oz

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Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Biography » Women
History and Social Science » American Studies » 80s to Present
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History and Social Science » Journalism » Journalists
History and Social Science » Sociology » American Studies

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Product details 224 pages Touchstone Books - English 9780743205405 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Sharp, funny, disarming, and frighteningly intelligent essays, Sarah Vowell displays a wisdom far beyond her years. Take the Cannoli should formally qualify her for the position of National Treasure."
"Review" by , "Vowell takes herself seriously, but never too seriously — she reminds her readers that she is, for the most part, just like them. Yet, she takes universal experiences like waiting for a UPS delivery or learning to drive and turns them into interesting stories, twisting her daily life into witty, newsworthy tales. And when Vowell recalls feeling like a 'living, breathing faux pas,' teenagers and misfits everywhere know exactly how that feels."
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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