The Partly Cloudy Patriot


Author: Sarah Vowell

Title: The Partly Cloudy Patriot (audiobook)

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication date: 2002

Running time: 5 hr. 17 min.

Geographical setting: United States

Time period: 2000s

Plot summary: Vowell gives readers insightful commentary on America and Americans from both her own family and friends and her work and travels throughout America. Though she finds it easy to find irony in nearly everything “American,” she treats her subjects with reverence, even finding the same irony in her own behavior. Using essays about her travels to Gettysburg, Salem, and the 2000 presidential inauguration — even letters to President Clinton and a Congressman who passed away years earlier — Vowell muses what it is to be American, which includes both shame and pride.

Subject headings: National characteristics, American; United States — Description and travel; United States — Politics and government

Appeal: humorous, contemporary, political, liberal, observant, thought-provoking, contemplative, well-crafted, witty, reverent, insightful

3 terms that best describe this book: funny, smart, engaging

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