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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Vowell starts her tour at the Ford Theater, where Lincoln was shot. I checked xarah my girlfriend, asking, as though she were a dog, if she had enough air in the car. I have been lucky to stumble into a few good ones. Very few people can make the seemingly spurious links in subject matter that she manages to connect together with each book in her own unique snarkalicious way. Apr 24, Bryan rated it it was ok.

Mar 12, Andrew rated it really liked it. Price may vary by retailer.

I am not one of those people who likes all children. I wrote down my impressions: The large-context problem though with Assassination Vacation is that Vowell provides no hierarchy. The change from an irreverent writing style to a very vaation political and overtly far left-wing rant is a jarring one for the reader.

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She drags her reluctant but loyal friends and family on this odd journey making her story more endearing: Not to mention the odd fact of Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, eerily showing up on the periphery of all three of these major historical events.


I love that plaque. Aug 19, Shawn Mooney rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 by the men who run for president.

And the deaths of these presidents and the way they were mourned. More than anything, the book made me want to take a trip to Washington D. It was one self-portrait after another, each taken by my girlfriend as she sat waiting in the passenger seat of my car.

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. Following her remarks she answered questions from the audience. This has been a very short but cool buddy-read with the incomparable Jeff-fah-fah and certainly not my last book by this author.

But even for McKinley there is a plaque on the site where he was assassinated in a Buffalo [NY] neighborhood. There is a lot on Lincoln, but I still learned some tidbits. But Garfield and McKinley? Even President Garfield, who apparently was very Any talk of that? Was Garfield the president you were researching when you found the website FindaGrave.


Assassination Vacation

I went from being disappointed to really enjoying the reading experience. Originally it was going to be about all the American political assassinations.

One thing I like about writing things: George Custer came to grief, forever making his name a synonym for “bad decision. For one thing, my mother wanted me to read it. Not to be whatever, but Vowell is not as great a writer as her buds. The only minor quibble I have is the lack of any footnotes or bibliography.

InVowell contributed an essay about Montana to the book State by State: And it was a relatively undramatic period. I remember very clearly from our last talk, your strong statement asssassination you would only want to work with certain people. Along the way, we get a refresher on American history, and a little contemporary comparison as well.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

The cheekily ingenious conceit behind this book is that Vowell embarks on a sort of historical tourism of the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Vowell’s style is breezy and digressive.

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