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Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
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Jul 09, 11

Read from July 07 to 09, 2011

55. Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell. A collection of essays on history, travel and personal experiences from the NPR contributor. I have two favorites- "Species-On-Species Abuse" is about a trip to Disney World with her gay friend, and "American Goth", where Vowell hires a group of Goths to make her up and see if she could pass in a San Francisco nightclub. And "Shooting Dad" was a big surprise for me, as I also have a gunsmith in the family who has also expressed the ghoulish desire to have his body made into ammo after his death. Yes, you read that right.

My only criticism is that I thought the essay "What I See When I Look at The Face On The $20 Bill" is like a warm-up for her later book The Wordy Shipmates, as Vowell gets on her soapbox, loses her sense of humor entirely and scolds America as she reminds us how horribly Native Americans were treated two hundred years ago. Other than those moments, I like her.
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