Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
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. 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 Sarah Vowell

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Sarah Vowell lives in New York City.
Published January 1, 2000 by SIMON & SCHUSTER @ TRADE. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In "Dark Circles," Vowell, coffee in hand, comes to grips with her insomnia: lying awake in bed, she recalls her day, arriving at the less-than-soporific conclusion that "everyday, no matter how cheerful, how innocuous, always contains within it some little speed bump of anger or hate, some wrong...

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The essays, which rarely reference each other, stand on their own as snippets from the mind of a pop culture maven Taken together, however, they form a vivid autobiographical portrait: Vowell's description of growing up a gunsmith's daughter in Oklahoma complements another essay about road trippi...

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She has a great piece about the beauty and importance of the mix tape, describing that she was in a relationship with a guy who was great except for one insurmountable problem — His musical taste sucked.

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I’m not even sure there is an audio version, which is sad because if you’re going to read a Sarah Vowell book, have her read it to you.

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