Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World

Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World

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by Sarah Vowell
     
 

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A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell.

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.

Overview

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439126516
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
172,363
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for public radio's This American Life and has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeneys, The Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the author of Radio On, Take the Cannoli, and The Partly Cloudy Patriot. She lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 27, 1969
Place of Birth:
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., Montana State University, 1993; M.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996

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Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sarah Vowell told me more in an hour about the Cherokee Nation than I have learned in lifetime of history books. If you have ever heard Sarah's distictive voice it will haunt you as you read this tale of one of the blackest moments in American history. A Cherokee soldier saved Andrew Jackson's life and, as President of the US, Jackson was responsible for murdering over 4,000 Cherokee people with a forced march west under the guise of westward expansion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much of the fun is gone without her reading these essays. Think about getting the audiobook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Sarah Vowell book that I read and I recommend it be the first you read, too. Funny, smart, strange - history, pop culture and personal stories - an all around great collection of essays.
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This book is one that is sure to hold anyone's interest. I personally stayed up until 2 AM reading it, because I couldn't put it down. 'Take the Cannoli' is a collection of essays by author (and 'This American Life' Contributing Editor) Sarah Vowell that runs the gamut from dealing with Insomnia, to her obsession with 'The Godfather', her visit to New York City's famous (or perhaps infamous) Chelsea Hotel, her ancestors forced journey on 'The Trail of Tears' and much more. If you only read one book this year, 'Take the Cannoli' is the one it should be. It is funny, moving, and, like all of her other books, well written. In short, it is everything that you'd expect a good book to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! There are issues within this collection of stories that I think many can relate to... and all are combined with the perfect amount of sarcasm, wit, and humour. Sarah Vowell is awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about Sarah Vowell for the first time when she was a guest on 'Late Night with Conan O'brien'. I thought she was very smart and very funny. The last thing that was mentioned in the interview was that she had just written a book called 'Take the Cannoli'. I literally went out the next day and bought it - just like that. I don't read much, so this was a stretch for me. I loved it. She was just so clever and witty, I couldn't stand putting it down - even to eat dinner. It's a book I enjoy regularly now when I have a couple of hours free time. If you enjoy humorous real-life stories - this is your book; and if you don't, you'll like it anyway. A 30 year old who is afraid to learn to drive, is ashamed of her obsession with watching 'The Godfather' and has a father who makes cannons - how could this NOT be a fun book? I would recommend this book to anyone who...breathes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly witty book. Through the eyes of a 30-year old we learn to see America the way it ought to be seen, warts and all, and love it anyway. Not really an autobiography so much as a collection of well written snippits of a young life, this book is just the right length to read and have fun with when you don't have all the time in the world. Of course, that being said, I wished it could have gone on forever. I have nothing in common with the author or her politics and philosophies - but heaven help the person who can't identify with 90% of what this book is saying and appreciate the other 10% anyway. Bought it on a whim and am very glad I did.