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Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World

Take the Cannoli Stories from the New World 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 religio

  • Title: Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World
  • Author: Sarah Vowell
  • ISBN: 9780743205405
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 anTake 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 investigation of goth culture, blasts cannonballs into a hillside on a father daughter outing, and maps her family s haunted history on a road trip down the Trail of Tears Vowell has an irresistible voice caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double edged that has attracted a loyal following for her magazine writing and radio monologues on This American Life.

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    1. i wanted to like this book better than i liked it. at the end of the day, i like sarah vowell's writing: it's funny & engaging, it's smart & self-deprecating & informative. but there's so much strangely blind patriotism in here. yeah, it comes from a liberal perspective, what with vowell being all over NPR & being really critical of the bush administration & everything, but there's so much of, "if we could just fix these huge glaring problems with the government, this country [...]

    2. Sarah Vowell has found a certain niche now and it's likely her books going forward won't stray too far (not necessarily a bad thing) but we all start out once, and so there you go.This is her second book, and is a collection of pieces she wrote for various publishers and the like. So, topics are pretty random- The Godfather movie, Frank Sinatra, the goth scene, Walt Disney World, the Chelsea Hotel, Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears. Indeed, all over the place. At heart, the stories are often [...]

    3. Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World - Sarah Vowell   I can already tell I'm going to want to read this again. Essays, I love them. Plus, in my mind, I can hear Vowell as she must have sounded on This American Life, which is where most of these began. There's a few bits of growing-up interspersed throughout, a lot of history, the blackest of humor. Great stuff, perhaps especially on the Trail of Tears and how many different emotions that trip spawned.So much humor, though.On the one ha [...]

    4. I have heard wonderful things about Sarah Vowell, and I thought she would be great because she was funny on Gigantic, that documentary about They Might Be Giants. I’ve never heard her on This American Life, but Ira Glass and This American Life are great, so I bet she is, too. But I didn’t like her book. I must admit, toward the end I left huge chunks unread. I’d, like, get to a boring chapter and think “aw, hell no. Next!” and I’d start reading the next one and pretty much be equally [...]

    5. Sarah Vowell takes you with her on a series of adventures, challenges and bizarre dares. She is a modern day Huck Finn with a glass of scotch in her right hand and a biography of Andrew Jackson in the left. From shooting off cannons, learning to make a non sentimental mix tapes, to the bizarre not so wonderful world of Disney, learning to drive with Ira Glass, to going Goth for a night, to her obsession with The Godfather, she doesn't hold back and I love her for it. The chapter "What I See When [...]

    6. I realized reading this that I am familiar with this author from NPR's This American LifeSome 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. FROM THE PUBLISHERTake 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 [...]

    7. Registered on Bookcrossing : bookcrossing/journal/1This is a fun bunch of essays, not as laugh out loud as David Sedaris, but still pretty interesting and funny. The chapter where she's learning to drive at the age of 28 is especially funny. Her boss takes her to a cemetary to practice because she can't hurt anyone there.The author describing her room at the infamous Chelsea Hotel in New York City: "My room, marked 923 in ballpoint on a crumbling index card taped to the door, is an Edward Hopper [...]

    8. Reading Sarah Vowell for the first time was like finding a long lost friend that I never met before. There was an immediate familiarity - the sense of deja'vu: as though we shared these conversations at the cafe about the awkward teenage years, sibling rivalry, quirky family relationships and 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 [...]

    9. Thankfully, I liked Take the Cannoli a lot more than I liked Radio On. The essays in this one overall seemed funnier and/or more interesting. I love the idea of being taught how to drive by Ira Glass! And the essay about the Trail of Tears was interesting and thought-provoking. This was a much better collection than Radio On, perhaps because Vowell was older when she wrote these, or because they're less self-absorbed (or are they?), or I don't know. Maybe because it wasn't so much about a speci [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this collection of essays from Sarah Vowell's travels and experiences. Her way of writing nonfiction is very entertaining but still manages to be educational. It's a fun mix. :-)This book was divided into four sections: Home Movies seemed to be mostly Sarah's recollections of her own American life in her growing up years through to Y2K. Soting, but not necessarily educational. (It was educational, though, if you're the type who is interested in seeing how others live through sim [...]

    11. I love Sarah Vowell's writing, and this was no exception. It was a bizarre reading experience, though, in light of the 2016 election and her perspective on the seemingly dormant (and now-active) follies of American history. It made me crave her perspective on current events/feel icky.

    12. Sarah Vowell is both smart and smart ass -- if you've seen Jon Stewart interview her on The Daily Show, you know she does more than hold her own. She's a curious amalgam: she writes for NPR and yet revels in her "white trash" background. 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 [...]

    13. Yawn. This was written by a person who is very obviously used to the format of radio presentations and has failed to adapt her style to that of written non-fiction. Don't get me wrong - I've always liked Sarah Vowell's contributions to NPR (to This American Life in particular), and definitely love NPR itself. NPR is love. NPR is life. Unfortunately, like a tattoo that looks pretty on paper but comes out all mushily deformed on skin, what is offbeat and wry and witty over the radio can come acros [...]

    14. You would think that reading and reviewing a book written ten years ago about American culture might be tricky. You would expect that so much has changed that a book like this would be more like a history lesson than a view into America. But surprisingly, in spite of all that has happened since the turn of the century, Vowell's essays are as true and as a vibrant as when she wrote them. I have to admit that I am a fan of Vowell ever since I read her book Assassination Vacation. The best part of [...]

    15. ReadingSarah Vowell always inspires in me the same reaction as watching/listening to a really cool kid did in high school (or, okay, now): I desperately want to hang with her. (Especially because she's also friends with fellow essayistDavid Rakoff, whom I adore; one of the pieces in this collection is about the two of them going to DisneyWorld, and I had resist the temptation to leap up from my couch, waving my hand and crying: 'Ooh, take me! Take me, too!') In these essays about growing up/livi [...]

    16. When I was returning The Wordy Shipmates, I saw the library had this book, so I went ahead and grabbed it. Like the first book of hers I read, I banged this out in a day.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 [...]

    17. Having come off of the high of reading Assassination Vacation, I jumped headfirst into Take the Cannoli, a series of essays by Vowell that jumped from imploring television stations to not play "My Way" when Frank Sinatra would die (a plea that was prophetically ignored), to an essay exploring her separation from her father, a gun making republican to her New York loving Democrat, and the mending of that divide. Ranging from mildly annoying, in the way that performance artists are annoying in the [...]

    18. Enjoyed it. Essays on being an American, and all the contradictions that entails. Most difficult was the essay about doing "Heritage Tourism" along the Trail of Tears -- her struggles with what happened to the Cherokees along the Trail conflict with her knowledge that the tribe were slave-holders an extended meditation on the inherent contradictions of being American. In other books, she has a theme running through -- this one is more a collection of essays written at various times, many for Th [...]

    19. This was the only Sarah Vowell collection I had not read. While I don't recommend this as highly asAssassination Vacation, there are some great essays here. I really enjoyed her exploration of the Trail of Tears, the piece about life in the Chelsea Hotel (which has come up in a lot of my reading lately), and the one about making mix tapes. I have a crush on Sarah Vowell, and this book only deepened it.

    20. Striking - equal parts hilarious, poignant, and intriguing; at times my wife asked me what I was laughing aloud at, and at other points my heart ached - sometimes the two were only paragraphs apart. The more I read of Ms. Vowell's work, the more I think she would be a fascinating person to have over to dinner. Her writing exemplifies the truth that history is about people, and is most interesting and enlightening when it's presented that way instead of as a dusty version of Trivial Pursuit, the [...]

    21. I'm a big fan of Sarah Vowell's sarcastic writing style so I breezed through this book within 24 hours. Unlike most of her other books, this one is less of a romp through American history and more personal (but not any less enjoyable) with essays on her family and upbringing. A lot of the essays were quite funny. But I think I most appreciated her secret love affair with the Godfather films because it reminds me of my similar guilty pleasure of "Goodfellas."

    22. Mildly interesting collection of essays examining pop culture and American history. The author has a certain wit, and her essays are quite clever even if ultimately not particularly insightful. Happy well-adjusted people, even the quirky clever and observant ones, annoy me on some level. Sarah Vowell is like FDR before the polio bestowed to him a visceral understanding of the terror of life. I hope she finds a less painful avenue to that sort of wisdom.

    23. Sarah Vowell is funny in a low-key way. For example, she writes that her father loves guns so much he makes them for a living, and she drops this bit of information in with men she dates so that when the end inevitably comes, they’ll dump her in a respectful manner. She writes about serious historical events like the Trail of Tears to light subjects like being terrorized by her UPS man because she works from home. This is funny and educational.

    24. Lovely personal essays by Sarah Vowell--I do tend to prefer her longer, more historical essays that weave into a story (like Assassination Vacation), but she writes so clearly and amusingly, it's not like I dislike any of these. Best: her learning to drive, battling insomnia, playing in the band, shooting her dad.

    25. Another reiteration of Vowell awesomeness. My two favorites from this collection were 'Mix Tapes' and 'What I see when I look at a twenty dollar bill'. I always learn some interesting things when I read Sarah Vowell, and the Trail of Tears information in the twenty dollar bill essay was particularly thought-provoking. This confirms that she is one of my favorite authors.

    26. Sarah Vowell is very funny, but she's also a great critic of popular culture, and specifically popular political history. She's always IN these essays, too, though -- I admire her courage to make it clear that she really cares about these issues.

    27. It's even more enjoyable reading her essays knowing what her voice sounds like. She writes with the same start-and-stop deadpan sarcasm that she speaks.

    28. Essays on her life, history and culture. A lot is lost when reading Vowell after you have seen and heard her hysterical deliver on the same and similar material. She is quirkily adorable.

    29. "Take the Cannoli" is probably the best of the Vowell catalog. She writes with a breezy self-depreciation that never sounds forced or inauthentic. Good for planes and between harder books.

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