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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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I could picture the old, gray clapboard house with its Victorian-style rooms and my favorite room Lincoln does seem to take up most of the book, but he also has the most drama surrounding his death, which started out as a kidnapping plot and ended as an assassination.

This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Lincoln, in life, has a great deal to appreciate. Let’s vowepl it is called What do you mean?

Yeah, because there was an assassination plot against him from the get-go. 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. Did you know it is likely President Lincoln was laughing when he was shot? Open Preview See a Problem? If you have, well, you pretty much know what to expect. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of use.

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Half the book is spent on Lincoln, Booth and his conspirators with stops at multiple locations including the Mudd home which is apparently still difficult to find and Fort Jefferson in Florida where the conspirators w A quirky look at three assassinations; Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley why no Kennedy?


Or how the axsassination free love community of Oneida, New York accidentally spawned the bizarre madman Charles Guiteau, assasaination then went on to make rather nice teapots.

We couldn’t wait to stuff down the sausages and get the hell out of there. Sarah Assaseination exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor.

Mar 14, Erin rated it really liked it.

Sarah Vowell on Assassination Vacation – Identity Theory

Well, who can blame them. Yeah, more of the same. In France, there is an argument for their culture. Sitting in Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, she was struck by the same thought many people have when they go there – “Wow. And their revolution, which eventually ended okay. Must listen to that again Jul 26, Kristina rated it it was amazing Shelves: And I loved the story of the movie, and I loved my character.

I like the connection she makes between tourism and religious pilgrimages: I have this fantasy about writing a really upbeat book about cheerful people doing very likable things. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Just like the family lives of the respective Presidents and their assassins I was especially intrigued by the tragic fate of Robert Todd Lincoln and Booth’s brother Edwin.

They have a personality more or less right away, but after he started talking. It’s too bad she spent so much time on Lincoln and Booth, far less on Garfield and Kinley and their respective assassins and none at all on Kennedy except for some name-throwing-round supposed to show repetition in history in the last 10 minutes of the book. Assassination Vacation Feb Somehow I listened to this entire audiobook in two days. I am a more or less peaceful happy person whose lone act of violence as an adult was shoving a guy who spilled beer on me at a Sleater-Kinney concert.


History has become the—. View all 10 comments. Or wife and children, in the case of [Martin Luther] King. And an actual lighthearted look at these assassinations, which is what I thought I was getting, could have been very enjoyable.

Assassination Vacation

Meaning, you are not going to get saraah read, basically. It just gets [pause] very emotional—making them people again; you have to know them and even [in] some ways like them; then I have to mourn with them too, a little bit.

Perhaps because it hasn’t been long enough since the event, or because there’s so much controversy surrounding it already Ben GR and I have exchanged emails recently about whether listening to an audiobook can be considered “reading. Put Franklin Pierce on there instead! Not everyone would think to create a road-trip out of the deaths of these men, but Sarah Vowell did.