The Partly Cloudy Patriot, by Sarah Vowell
assination vacation, but both are totally great! this one is less of a journey and more a collection of moments, both from sarah vowell's own life and from history. she manages to amuse me and educate me at the same time, which is quite a feat. there were many moments i laughed out loud, and just as many where i was afraid that my Geek Card® might get revoked if i don't learn some more history. i particularly enjoyed her description of her mother's face on seeing the chelsea hotel and thinking that was where she would be staying on her one visit to see sarah in NYC. my mother, too, would not have looked on the chelsea with nostalgic thoughts of sid vicious and the heroin-induced murder of his beloved nancy, but would have also shuddered in revulsion. not that my mother will ever set foot in new your city again! but i digress... it's a great book--you should read it.