Richard Woodward reviews book Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell; photo (M). Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – New York Times bestselling author of The Wordy Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah. What do you get when a woman who’s obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of.

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And the inclusion of celebrity narrators for direct quotes didn’t work at all, making this one of the clunkiest audio adaptations I’ve encountered. Vowell uses humor dry to sardonic with splashes of historical anecdotes in what I would consider more essay than history.

Aug 22, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 28, Kim rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He just goes through these phases of subject-matter interests. I knew McKinley’s assassin assassinaion somehow Sarah Vowell, will you marry me? I guess you could say this about Canada, sort of.

You have to deal with the whole stupid monarchy thing for most of their history. View all 7 comments. Uh, what was I going to say? I fully expected to love the Abraham Lincoln section the most, but since I already know so much about the guy, Vowell and her observations were really the main draw there.

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Certain objects had so much resonance with me. I am only slightly less astonished by the egotism of the assassins, the inflated self-esteem it requires to kill a president, than I am astonished assassination the men who run for president. She manages to sneak in a lot of history alongside her wry, sly, sarcastic witticisms, as well as her biting commentary on our current administration, which was great fun to read.


It’s also funny, and it’s funny in a dorky way that I just adore.

Was what you were going to do clear to you? I like to write about us little people sometimes, too.

Assassination Vacation

vacztion All these weird coincidences. History may not remember Garfield but learning of his love for books and reading makes him unforgettable to me. I can see why she likes as well as loves him.

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But it’s so much more than that. I have this fantasy about writing a really upbeat book about vavation people doing very likable things.

I admit that before reading this book, I knew very little about James Garfield There are good historical novels and bad historical novels. View all 3 comments. Nov 25, K. While Sarah was attending a play at Ford’s Theatre ”she decided to visit the Lincoln Museum, which is located in the basement of the building. The only minor quibble I have is the lack of any footnotes or bibliography. I do spend a lot of time outdoors working on these books, going to these places. She had to watch him melt away, basically.


I still have an attraction for those boldfaced names.

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Thanks for your help on this purely hypothetical situation. Lincoln was wearing pearls and this assassiantion back a sense memory from his mom and dad getting gunned down and this make Bats cry. Vowell starts her tour at the Ford Theater, where Lincoln was shot. And I go on a case-by-case basis. Assassination Vacation was engaging and fun. I love being around him and love him, but I really also love quiet vacatiln solitude. So the book is worth reading or, in my case, listening to, because Vowell’s story-telling style lends itself so well to audio book just for the information it contains.

And so, since I have a long-running fascination with presidential history myself, I set out to Mooch this book. I’ve long suspected that this had a lot more to do with the quality of the teacher than the subject itself. I like the connection she makes between tourism and religious pilgrimages: Study Lincoln long enough, however, and you eventually voewll to the sad part – his assassination by John Wilkes Booth in