The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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In The Partly Cloudy Patriot, 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 narratives on public radio's This American Life -- ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else? What is it about the Zen of foul shots? And, in the title piece, why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot? Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is a teeming and engrossing audio book, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon & Schuster Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2003.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 0743548132
9780743548137
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (300 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Vowell, Sarah 1969-

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Bhulsey Jul 31, 2014

This was great both as a work of literature and as an audiobook. Sarah Vowell is funny, articulate, and wise; there's something to be said for writing so good that it makes you actually want to visit boring historical sites (Gettysburg and Salem, specifically). Part memoir and part history lesson, this was in every way fun to listen to. As an added bonus, Conan O'Brien performs as Lincoln, Stephen Colbert does Al Gore (brilliantly), and David Cross reads TR's lines.

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Anneatthelibrary
Oct 14, 2013

History lovers of the world unite. Sarah Vowells spin on our history, and that of our Canadian neighbors is very entertaining and enjoyable. I had to buy my own copy so I can listen any time.

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