Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell (Simon & Schuster, 2000)
Continuing with my plan to read all of Sarah Vowell’s works, this week I read one of her earliest books, Take the Cannoli. It is actually my favorite of the four I’ve read so far. Like The Partly Cloudy Patriot, it is a collection of essays about random topics which the book jacket calls Americana. This one is less about politics, and more about growing up in America. Vowell writes about a few things that are familiar to me (marching band, gospel music, college, cannoli) and many that are not (Chelsea House, Frank Sinatra’s career, The Godfather, gunsmithing). She has a very distinct writing voice, very casual and funny yet full of hearbreaking insights.