Take the Cannoli: Stories From the New World

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 3, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 219 pages
A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell.

Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," 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.

While tackling subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history, these autobiographical tales are written with a biting humor, placing Vowell solidly in the tradition of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell 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.

Take the Cannoli is an eclectic tour of the New World, a collection of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.

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User Review  - amelish - LibraryThing

The first (?) essay about her dad made me cry for no reason. I don't particularly like her style of writing though. I expected it to be wordy and wicked and hilarious, but it seems a little ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

An enjoyable collection of essays by Sarah Vowell. I love to listen to her books, but I couldn't find this one as an audio book so I read it. I can hear her voice while reading it too. Read full review


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About the author (2001)

Sarah Vowell is a contributing editor for This American Life on Public Radio International and a columnist for Salon. These stories were written in Chicago and San Francisco.