I have just received this:
in the mail, and am exceedingly happy about it. NEW SARAH VOWELL, PEOPLE! Read her books! Do it! At least if you have any pretensions to an interest in history. If not, forget it. But if you do, read them allllllll. And by all I mean Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates, as I am not as into her essay collections.
She's coming to Oak Park in April for a book signing and I am there. When I did a five week program in France, I was desperately homesick because I'd never been away from my family for that long, plus I wasn't awesome at ze French speaking. I brought The Partly Cloudy Patriot and Assassination Vacation, and they totally got me through by promoting a healthy (i.e. not unreasonably zealous) love of America.
Anyway, she's speaking at the Unity Temple, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Look how Frank Lloyd Wrightesque it is:
So exciting. She is awesome. Go love her now.