Take the Cannoli
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...more
Some of the essays captured my imagination, some did not. All in all it was a diverting read from the all that is occupying my time around her otherwise.
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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 humo...more
This book is less history (which I believe is her "thing") and more personal, so unless you like the author as a person and voice, you can skip this book. This is more about her personal experiences of Americana, family, ancestry, high school, college, etc.
I liked it. Vowell is always funny. Her personal retracing of the Trail...more
All in all, Take the Cannoli is a very uneven collection of stories, which comes with the territory with a writer like Vowell. To grossly oversimplify, her style is to take whatever happens to be going on in her life or her mind at the moment and then whip it in...more
Still, some of the essays in this book were excellent, especially "Michigan and Wacker" and "What I See When I Look at the Face on the $20 Bill." In the former, Vowell takes in the sweep of American history as seen from a spot near the Chicago river.
In the latter, s...more
Unfortunately, she comes off as a bit of a drip in quite a few stories in this collection as well. I mean I guess it's possible not everyone would love Disney Worl...more
The chapter "What I See When...more
I immediately recognized something of myself in her writing, as well as something inspirational. I can't gush too much: there's a few pieces in here that are dry. However, I think you have to be a lit...more
I've never been a fan of history, but Sarah's passion fo...more
In other books, she has a theme running through -- this one is more a collection of essays written at various times, many for...more
Unlike some of her other books, this one is a little less focused in the sense that she doesn't examine one issue or period - she's all over the place, taking...more
That's what Sarah Vowell will make me do, trying to read her book anonymously in a café. As well as make me nod my head to agree or shake my head to sympathetically lament when Vowell is going off on another witty and wise cultural observation riff. This is my third Vowell book, and like the first two, her thoughts on things as disparate as goth culture and the Trail of Tears are the kind I always hoped a gabfest centered aro...more
I liked the essay "Drive Through, Please" because it was kind of shocking--Vowell seems like such an irreverent, confident person in most of the essays, and it was hilarious and surprising to see her complaining like a child, driving around in a cemetery. (Interestingly, I was much less shocked that David Sedaris didn't drive when I read When You Are Engulfed In Flames last week. Not sure what that means.)