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Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell
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Jul 10, 2011

liked it

Another reviewer said that they wanted to like the book more than they did; I echo that sentiment. After reading several of Vowell's other books, I know what she is capable of, so this seems a disappointment. Check out The Wordy Shipmates if you want to see her at her best.

As for this one, the essays are hit or miss, but, for me, more miss than hit. Others might read them differently. Unlike in The Partly Cloudy Patriot, no overarching theme or metanarrative emerges as one reads the essays, which makes the whole thing plod along a bit too slowly with no real sense of direction.

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