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
The chapter "What I See When...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
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
In other books, she has a theme running through -- this one is more a collection of essays written at various times, many for...more
The essays here are varied in topic, mostly focusing on Vowell's life, pop culture often music, and American history. I think my seco...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
I probably should space out my Sarah Vowell reading. Just two weeks ago I finished Assassination Vacation and gave it a hyper-enthusiastic review with a 4.5 star rating. But that was because in addition to its charm it taught me quite a lot and made me want to learn more.
Take the Cannoli is a collection of Sarah's essays and spoken stories, most of the latter originally performed on This American Life, a public radio show. Even the essays give one the sense Sarah is read...more
For some reason, I wound up reading this book last, after reading Assassination Vacation (my favorite of hers), Wordy Shipmates, and all the rest as they were released. Vowell's latter-day efforts have the luxury of time, of focus, of exhaustive research. This, instead, is a collection of little essays, mostly d...more
"What I See When I Look At The Face On The $20 Bill" sums up the humanity that made that incident one of the darkest and most shameful periods of...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
I've read or listened to three of her other books, all of which are about topics in American History that are sometimes overlooked by authors, and which she has a personal interest in. This is one of her earlier books, Take the Cannoli: Stories rom t...more
In this compilation of stories Vowell touches on all things American, from guns to Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp to Hoboken and the Trail of Tears. Okay, so it’s not all great American stuff, but it is American.
As funny as I find Vowell, I also find her slightly annoying. Yes, I get it, you’re a Democrat (and no, I’m not a Republican) who hates guns and are 1/1000 American Indian so you have to go on ad nauseum about anything relating to them, be it The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or the Tr...more
"We played gigs, too, at the library, at street fairs. Imagine playing an Elizabethan ballad such as my favorite, a sad wail called "Willow Willow," on the street with your two friends...more
“What I did get out of the entire sad situation, besides big phone bills, a box of cassette...more