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Read online The Partly Cloudy Patriot.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC 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 stories on public radio s i This American Life i 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 i Buffy the Vampire Slayer i 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 by Sarah Vowell, Katherine Streeter

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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Title:The Partly Cloudy Patriot
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Number of Pages:197
Category:non-fiction, history, essays, humor, memoir, politics
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i Take the Cannoli i 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 i This American Life i, b From the bestselling author of i Assassination Vacation i and i Unfamiliar Fishes i a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette the one Frenchman we could all agree on and an insightful portrait of a nation s idealism and its reality b br br On August an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him Or rather to welcome him back It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States and he was so beloved that people showed up to cheer for him The entire population of New York at the time was br br Lafayette s arrival in coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery and the threat of a Civil War loomed But Lafayette belonging to neither North nor South to no political party or faction was a walking talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past br br i Lafayette in the Somewhat United States i is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman the impact he had on our young country and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time including George Washington Alexander Hamilton Thomas Jefferson and many more, i The Wordy Shipmates i is i New York Times i best selling author Sarah Vowell s exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop s city upon a hill a shining example a city that cannot be hid br br To this day America views itself as a Puritan nation but Vowell investigates what that means and what it should mean What was this great political enterprise all about Who were these people who are considered the philosophical spiritual and moral ancestors of our nation What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe buckles and corn reputation might suggest The people she finds are highly literate deeply principled and surprisingly feisty Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds witty courtroom dramas and bloody vengeance Along the way she asks br br Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian Christlike Christian or conformity s tyrannical enforcer i Yes i br br Was Rhode Island s architect Roger Williams America s founding freak or the father of the First Amendment i Same difference i br br What does it take to get that jezebel Anne Hutchinson to shut up i A hatchet i br br What was the Puritans pet name for the Pope i The Great Whore of Babylon i br br Sarah Vowell s special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun She takes us from the modern day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino from old timey Puritan poetry where righteousness is rhymed with wilderness to a i Mayflower i themed waterslide Throughout i The Wordy Shipmates i is rich in historical fact humorous insight and social commentary by one of America s most celebrated voices Thou shalt enjoy it, In this latest collection of essays following i The Polysyllabic Spree i critic and author Nick Hornby continues the feverish survey of his swollen bookshelves offering a funny intelligent and unblinkered account of the stuff he s been reading Ranging from the middlebrow to the highbrow with unrepenting dips into the lowbrow Hornby s dispatches from his nightstand table serve as useful guides to contemporary letters with revelations on contemporary culture the intellectual scene and English football in equal measure br br