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The Partly Cloudy Patriot
The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Author: Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell -- widely hailed for her inimitable stories on public radio's This American Life -- ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visitin...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743243803
ISBN-10: 0743243803
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Pages: 224
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 100 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
Very enjoyable essays. Vowell is both thought-provoking and humorous. May appeal to lovers of American history, historical sites, and pop culture. Vowell is a contributer to the radio show This American Life - if you're a fan of the show, you'll probably be a fan of this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
I love Sarah Vowell! There are so many parts that are laugh out loud funny and yet her words force the reader to learn and grow. This was written not long after 9/11 and her thoughts on seeing the flag everywhere after that so closely matched mine. A true patriot does not take the words of the government at face value. A true patriot can disagree with a majority of citizens and still co-exist with them. Definitely a great read.
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Helpful Score: 1
A collection of both fun and serious essays by Sarah Vowell. I love her writing and wit, but most of all I appreciate the fact that she understands that all of human affairs is gray - not black and white. Complexity and hypocrisy are fundamental parts of human nature. Embrace them.
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Vowell's a great writer, but I preferred her non-fiction (history) book "Assassination Vacation" to this collection of essays.
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Excellent political writings and musings--funny, heart warming and thought provoking.
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This is the third Sarah Vowell book I've read, and this will be the last. Her books (including this one) are boring and uninspiring and, quite frankly, not funny. All three books of hers that I've read have been disappointing, so I'm through. Sorry, Sarah. I gave it a shot and it just didn't work out.
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This book wasn't what it was cracked up to be at all. Other reviews made it sound like it was a fun, energetic read on politics, history, and one woman's view of both. They also made it sound as though she was presenting a different angle on politics, political views, and history. As a newcomer to Sarah Vowell, I found her very left-sided, pessimistic, and utterly dreary. Her negative attitude and liberal views spew forth from every page. If you appreciate the far left-wing liberal stance and aren't open to seeing or understanding others' points of views, or appreciating the history that's behind some of the laws governing our society today, and are fond of negative satire, then this book is for you. Otherwise, steer clear!