Sarah Vowell

in Muskogee, OK, The United States
December 27, 1969


Sarah Jane Vowell is an American author, journalist, humorist, and commentator. Often referred to as a "social observer," Vowell has authored several books and is a regular contributor to the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International. She was also the voice of Violet in the animated film The Incredibles and a short documentary, VOWELLET - An Essay by SARAH VOWELL in the "Behind the Scenes" extras of The Incredibles DVD Release.

She earned a B.A. from Montana State University in 1993 in Modern Languages and Literatures and an M.A. in Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Vowell received the Music Journalism Award in 1996.

Vowell is a New York Times’ bestselling author of five nonfiction books o

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Assassination Vacation

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Take the Cannoli

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Lafayette in the Somewhat U...

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Unfamiliar Fishes

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Radio On: A Listener's Diary

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The Best American Nonrequir...

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Housekeeping vs. the Dirt

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The social observer known for the nonfiction romp Assasination Vacation turns her wit to the unusual history of Hawaii's statehood in Unfamiliar...
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“Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know.”
Sarah Vowell, The Partly Cloudy Patriot

“We are flawed creatures, all of us. Some of us think that means we should fix our flaws. But get rid of my flaws and there would be no one left.”
Sarah Vowell, Take the Cannoli

“Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying a chocolatey cafe mocha when it occurred to me that to drink a mocha is to gulp down the entire history of the New World. From the Spanish exportation of Aztec cacao, and the Dutch invention of the chemical process for making cocoa, on down to the capitalist empire of Hershey, PA, and the lifestyle marketing of Seattle's Starbucks, the modern mocha is a bittersweet concoction of imperialism, genocide, invention, and consumerism served with whipped cream on top.”
Sarah Vowell


In celebration of Sarah Vowell’s newest book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, what is your favorite quirky outpost of American history to have received her wit and insight?

Sponsored by: Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
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Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

A road trip inspired by presidential assassinations
  181 votes, 42.4%

That swashbuckling teenage French aristocrat, the Marquis de Lafayette
  89 votes, 20.8%

Hawaii, the state where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn
  84 votes, 19.7%

Our surprisingly feisty Puritan ancestors
  73 votes, 17.1%


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