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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2002
September 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

KimAllie ,

Amazing!

Hilariously funny!

silent gaurdian ,

Must Read/Listen to

Great book, mandatory reading for all informed US citizens.

Voice Over Artist ,

It's an anthology

It's an anthology of short essays that are written with wit, some neat insights but it is overwritten. Many grammatical errors! Disappointing. The protagonist is fascinated by history but, ironically it is that very fascination with the past that renders her as an uninteresting person to listen to at such length -- she talks of all sorts of events but nothing actually happens.

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