Synopses & Reviews
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.
From the popular public radio storyteller and "This American Life" regular comes an eclectic, auspicious collection of alternately hilarious and moving essays and autobiographical stories about the American experience. PRI sponsorship.
About the Author
Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for This American Life on Public Radio International and a columnist for Salon. These stories were written in Chicago and San Francisco.