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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.

About the Author

Sarah Vowell is the author of Take the Cannoli and is a contributing editor for public radio's This American Life. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

What He Said There

The First Thanksgiving

Ike Was a Handsome Man

God Will Give You Blood to Drink in a Souvenir Shot Glass

The New German Cinema

Democracy and Things Like That

Pop-A-Shot

California as an Island

Dear Dead Congressman

The Nerd Voice

Rosa Parks, C'est Moi

Tom Cruise Makes Me Nervous

Underground Lunchroom

Wonder Twins

Cowboys v. Mounties

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

State of the Union

Tom Landry, Existentialist, Dead at 75

The Strenuous Life

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743223522
Author:
Streeter, Katherine
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Streeter, Katherine
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Series Volume:
GTR-182
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.71x6.01x.81 in. .84 lbs.

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