Lawrence Weschler Sarah Vowell's uncanny voice -- by turns wise and wise-ass, wry and celebratory, heartrending and hilarious -- translates seamlessly to the page: equal parts Betty Boop and Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain and Walt Whitman, Woody Guthrie and Arlo Guthrie. She pegs herself as "a typical American mutt." American she undoubtedly (unabashedly!) is, but typical? Hardly. This American Mutt is easily the year's Best in Show.
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About the Author
Sarah Vowell grew up the daughter of a gunsmith in Montana, and now lives in New York City where she writes and presents a highly acclaimed Saturday morning radio show. She is in her thirties.