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 don’t know a lot of folks who have much of an interest the subject of presidential assassination, let vowfll in the assassinations of such The only high school class I’ve ever fallen asleep in was American History.

My sister and I are twins, so I knew even before he was born that I had this kind of physical reaction toward him; I knew I was going to be on his side.

Assassination Vacation

So we got to the battlefield after 20 straight hours of driving; slept outside the Ranger station waiting for it to open; then took in the battlefield, unwashed A reminiscence: Nothing new but interesting as hell. Asssassination actually took a lot out of me. Aye, but the Voice.

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This book was fun and interesting, and I learned a bit. I remember very clearly from our last talk, your strong statement that you would only want to work with certain people.

I look forward to reading more of her books. She had to watch him melt away, basically. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Her knowledge AND love of her topic are clear.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

But we are the only. They are behind me. She described with a mixture of reverence and humor what she saw: I don’t read many travelogues but this book,’Assassination Vacation’ by Sarah Vowell was amusing, informative and vacatiin, morbid.

Announce the dilemma on the world wide web. I’ve been accused of this, so it’s nice to know there are others in the world who respect a good factoid come to Omaha, and I’ll tell you the trivia behind our street names, which are named after generals of the Frontier Army The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulyssesbecause it focused in on Emma Goldman, the delightful anarchist who was greatly feared in her time.


Let’s say that a good neighbor, friend and fellow book junkie lends you a paperback book. I mean, Mary Todd lost three of her four children; her husband was shot in the head while she held in his hand. She also traveled to the Library of Congress where she viewed a display of the items which Lincoln had in his pockets when he was shot Sarah Vowell, you annoy the hell out of me, on This American Life and in this book.

Aseassination Vacation Feb With her words, I could see these images too.

May 07, 4: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He just goes through these phases of subject-matter interests. I am confident enough in myself and what I say. This is an enjoyable and very informative read for a non-American like me.

May 05, Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quick Addition to Review In the second quoted passage above, Vowell says she is amazed at the egotism needed for vacagion man obviously written pre-Hillary to run for president and think he can fix America’s problems.

If you want to do attempts, that broadens it. Dec 19, Dollie rated it really liked it.

My view is instead that many people run for political office not necessarily to “fix” anything, but to help themselves to money and power. She doesn’t have the stratospheric talent of Eggers, or the subtle craftsmanship of Sedaris which is not really a knock, when you think about it.

Vowell’s pilgrimage to sites associated with the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley struck so many cords with me it is hard to know where to begin. You know how it goes, you do one and then people will be knocking your door down.


She reveals that each assassination came about by a complex series of events, and was triggered by many things – frustration, anger, despair, madness – and that each one was a tragedy, even if we don’t appreciate them all that much.

However, every couple dozen pages, she does a very poor job of relating these past events to current ones.

I love being around him and love him, but I really also love quiet and solitude. Why do we need a historical figure, a person, to be one thing?

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Based on the fact that they are proud to publish them, I would like to think. Often referred to as a “social observer,” Vowell has authored several books and is a regular contributor to the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International. As someone with a degree in American history and a lifelong interest in it’s minutiae, I’m hardly a tough audience, but Vowell got me more excited about it than I have been in years, and excited about a whole different aspect of assssination i.

We all have jobs and responsibilities and loved ones, but if I imagine a perfect day—the phone of the hook, blinds drawn—. A Listener’s Diaryis her year-long diary of listening to the radio in I have this fantasy about writing a really upbeat book about cheerful people doing very likable things. The resulting narrative is much more than an assassinztion and informative travelogue — it is the disturbing and fascinating story of how American death has been manipulated by popular culture, including literature, architecture, sculpture, and — the author’s favorite — historical tourism.

And it was well worth it.

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