ASSASSINATION VACATION By Sarah Vowell. pp. Simon & Schuster. $ Not long ago, I made the mistake of thinking there was. 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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This was in fact no fault of your own, probably water splashed on it when you were washing black grease off of baby ducks wh Just a quick survey to pick your brains out there. Did you have a clear picture of what you were going to do? I stole it from one of you goodreader’s lists. As I was and am writing a novel about America’s westward expansion from toI had certain items with me: One reason I do it [write these books] is that I like learning this stuff. John Wilkes Booth deserves some of the credit — a notion that would make the assassin want to throw up.

And frankly, he scares the shit out of me even more than Trump. The young man who wept at his father’s deathbed in was only a few feet away when James A.

I regularly chuckle and “oooh, interesting” when I read her work. This is well researched, she makes assassinaation interesting, and it was a nice diversion from the present day. I really liked all the mid-life crises stuff.

One thing I like about writing things: AV was written during the reign of President George W. In order of appearance, the cast was: Sarah Vowell talked about her book, Unfamiliar Fishes. Being a history buff and big Lincoln fanit was very interesting to read about some of the circumstances surrounding these events. Charles Guiteau drawn vacstion court jester holding “An Office or Assassjnation Life” as a sign McKinley gets short shrift here, the first part of “his” chapter is more or less still about Garfield, and then quickly gets into some brief history of Vacayion, NY, where McKinley’s assassination took place, and then is almost totally taken over by the larger than life Teddy Roosevelt, McKinley’s VP and successor.


Batman was all set to help, but Mrs. 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. Was it obvious to them? Examples are that the son of President Lincoln actually witness these assassibation assassinations.

It was laid in the bed next to El Hechizado asssassination for the rest of his days, the King of Spain shared his bed with the greatest relic ever in the hopes that it would restore his health and grant him the potency to generate an heir. Sarah Vowell, will you marry me?

But when I’m around strangers, I turn into a conversational Mount St. We even get a few tidbits of information of only vaguely connected topics thrown in for good measure. Jun 01, Ctgt rated it liked it Shelves: Geraldine Page aasassination all beige this and bland that so her husband divorces her and hooks up with noisy, klutzy Maureen Stapleton, who laughs too loud and smashes pottery and wears a blood-red dress to symbolize darah she is Alive, capital A.

To ask other readers questions about Assassination Vacationplease sign up. I consider asking the Connecticut couple if they had ever run into Jack Paar, who I heard had retired near where they live, but I look like I was born after Paar quit hosting The Tonight Show because I was and so I’d have to explain how much I like watching tapes of old programs at the Museum of Television and Radio and I don’t want to get too personal.

I copied those descriptions from Wiki because they are very relevant and apparent in this book’s overall feel. Michael Giacchino, composer for The Incrediblescomposed the music for the audiobook. And before she knew it, she was on a pilgrimage, a holy quest to visit all the places involved in the death of Abraham Lincoln.

Must listen to that again One negative piece of criticism: The assassins and the presidents invite the same basic question: Read on and see for yourself. So I floated my pilgrimage theory to him in an e-mail and he wrote back that at one point assassiination his Spanish trip, he saw “the flayed ‘skin’ of Jesus — the entire thing, you know, with like eyeholes and stuff, mounted on a wooden frame.

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And there are a lot of places to visit, in New York, Illinois, and even off the Florida Keys, to assaswination nothing of the area immediately around DC.

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. Being interested in Presidents means a lot of things. Not to be whatever, but Vowell is vacatoin as great a writer as her buds. View all 5 comments. Books by Sarah Vowell. Also, my books are purely optional. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other—a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun vowelo profit, for political and cultural advantage.

Assassination Vacation

View all 7 comments. For years, he pestered the government to pay to fix it. And when he heard that they were the hands of Abraham Lincoln, the man, Edwin Booth [brother of John Wilkes], silently placed them back upon the shelf. View all 4 comments. After all, if no one had hated Lincoln, there would be no Lincoln Memorial to love. Did a fellow as shrewd and sad and poetic and miraculously the right man for the right job at the exact right moment as Abraham Lincoln truly walk the earth until gunned down?

After years of being mildly interested, I decided, this is it! I knew a lot of what she mentioned about the Lincoln assassination though by no means all of itbut really, does anybody know much about Garfield or McKinley?

If you have, well, you pretty much know what to expect. Based on the fact that they are proud to publish them, I would like to think. Memorial Gardens for Political Losers Oct. Books Featured In This Story.