The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Audiobook CD - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Presents essays and social commentary on a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Canadian Mounties, Buffy and the Vampire Slayer, the Gettysburg Address, and George W. Bush's inauguration.

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The author of Take the Cannoli and contributing editor for public radio's "This American Life" shares her perspective on such topics as the 2000 presidential election, present-day civil rights activists, and the relationship between the United States and Canada. Read by the author.

Simon and Schuster
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 audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, p2003
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780743533485
0743533488
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (ca. 5 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Bhulsey Jul 31, 2014

This was great both as a work of literature and as an audiobook. Sarah Vowell is funny, articulate, and wise; there's something to be said for writing so good that it makes you actually want to visit boring historical sites (Gettysburg and Salem, specifically). Part memoir and part history lesson, this was in every way fun to listen to. As an added bonus, Conan O'Brien performs as Lincoln, Stephen Colbert does Al Gore (brilliantly), and David Cross reads TR's lines.

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Anneatthelibrary
Oct 14, 2013

History lovers of the world unite. Sarah Vowells spin on our history, and that of our Canadian neighbors is very entertaining and enjoyable. I had to buy my own copy so I can listen any time.

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