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The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2003
5 hours 15 minutes
From public radio This American Life contributor and self-described “history nerd” Sarah Vowell comes a collection of humorous and personal essays investigating American history, pop culture and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell travels through the American past and in doing so 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 book, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.
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While I enjoyed this book, I liked her Assassination Vacation better. Don't miss it!

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I enjoyed this book when I read it, but listening to Sarah Vowell read her own work always makes it even better!

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I loved this book! I have also listened to 'Assassination Vacation' and fell in love with the author's take on life and history. If you like the Daily Show, you will like her sense of humor. I am excited to see more work from her!

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Vowell's reading is thoughtful and entertaining, as are the "historic personage" cameo readers.

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