There’s nothing like the thrill of finding a book that you actually want to read at the thrift store. And in good condition!
Although this is an older book of essays (published in 2002) by Sarah Vowell, I had been thinking of picking up The Partly Cloudy Patriot for awhile because I have liked her other books. She is very witty and well spoken, with an extremely dry sense of humor.
It is a quick read, with essays on the Gore Vs. Bush Presidential election, and her hilarious (but likely true) opinions on why a nerd can’t win. She also writes about her nerdy vacations, visiting Salem, MA, and her impressions on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (she is a Gen-Xer), in a series of chapter that will leave you smiling to yourself.
While there’s nothing earth shattering here, history nerds will appreciate her self-deprecating humor and her insights into U.S. politics, history and pop culture. And if you are on a long-distance flight from Michigan to Washington, it should be almost enough time to read it from cover to cover. And you can finish it, if you forgo the nap.