The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

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Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing Ms. Vowell on the Daily Show and hearing her describe the re-enactment of the Burr-Hamilton duel, I raced out to buy her book. I was not disappointed. Every essay is insightful and hysterical. I still can't figure out why she's not on the NYT bestseller list...
Wendystein983 More than 1 year ago
Sarah vowel is delightful as always
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better as radio segments
RachelAnnDesign More than 1 year ago
I love sarah vowell and this was a great collection of her work, however I was really disappointed at the editing. There were quite a few spelling and punctuation errors and one chapter was in there twice. Other than that I highly recommend this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't believe how smart and funny these essays were. I ended up buying copies for several friends and it prompted some wonderful discussions that challenged the way we looked at what it means to be an American and how we look at the media. Does exactly what a book should do - makes you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of stories revolves greatly around Ms. Vowell and her encounters with and thoughts of USA's policies, politics, and history. Now, I realize that doesn't automatically sound like a "fun" book to read.. but trust me, it is! Sarah Vowell's stories are always so honest, very funny, beautifully sarcastic, and suprisingly educational. It just doesn't get much better than that!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the outlook that Sarah has matured into. As one of the reviews said, this is "Laugh Out Loud" social commentary on areas that we're all exposed to, but rarely think of with deep thoughts. Her humor and sly wit make us realize she is a terrific observer of the world around her. The pieces on her family visiting, and on voting behavior, are just priceless! I was reading parts of them out loud to my friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had first heard of Sarah Vowell from reading her articles on "Salon.com" a few years ago and then quickly forgot about her. Then I was surfing online a week ago and her name popped up as well as this book title. Interested, I bought it, started reading it, and finished it in a day. Her prose is very amusing and light-hearted, but well written. Vowell's a great author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realized I was reading a High School term paper that was apparently cut and pasted
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April25AH More than 1 year ago
This was the first time that I had ever read or even heard of Sarah Vowell, but I must say that it won’t be my last. Through her witty stories about American history and personal experiences, Vowell manages to explore a wide variety of topics without coming off argumentative. Although she is without doubt a left-sided liberal and George W. Bush is at the bottom of most of her jokes, she holds no anger towards those on the other side of the political spectrum. She is a history buff and unquestionably a nerd. Her stories range from the Salem Witch trials, coming to terms with the end of the Clinton era, arcade basketball (pop-a-shot), the 2000 presidential election, the after math of 911, Tom Cruise, and her twin sister. With all of these different topics one is bound to relate to at least one of these stories. My personal favorite of all of the stories was “The Nerd Voice”. It describes the 2000 presidential election and breaks it down into nerds vs. jocks. Al Gore is considered the nerd, whereas George W. Bush is the jock. Sarah Vowell is a part of an email group that tracks this election and comes to realize that the internet is the “Nerd Israel”. It ironically compares the two candidates to these two stereotypes and analyzes why Gore ultimately lost, because he did not stay true to his inner nerd self. Although Vowell seems to have a “partly cloudy” outlook on life, she does so with optimism. As she notes in one of her essays, “it could be worse”. This is one of the mottos she lives by and is a good outlook on life. A common theme throughout this book is her love for America and her desire to learn as much as possible about it. One can see that her love and passion for America, its strengths and flaws, is incorporated into all of her stories. This book is a collection of funny and educational essays from a proud American citizen and I would recommend it to everyone.
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