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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Sara Vowell lives in Manhattan and reportedly cannot swim, is afraid of heights, and does not drive a car.

Jan 24, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: It might have been interesting in an actual, serious book about politics, but this is not that – instead, Vowell’s political criticism is just above the level of “Bush is the devil!

At one point, she mentions Ackerman’s Dark Horsewhich I have on my Amazon wish list, but that’s about it. Published inAssassination Vacation is part-travelogue, part-history book and part-essay by Sarah Vowell, an American author, essayist, journalist and social commentator. Mar 12, Andrew rated it really liked it. There were a lot of get-togethers with friends where I didn’t hear half of what was being said because I was sitting there, silently chiding myself, Don’t bring up McKinley.

There are a lot of things to be embarrassed about there. The assassinations of Presidents Garfield and McKinley are definitely not as well known as that of Lincoln, but there are still a few artifacts associated with them. The plot follows the author through road trips and vacations to various spots of historical significance and her stories are advanced through a combination of her interactions with the everyday people there and her own historical narrative.

She settled on the more affordable tresses of aszassination abolitionist guerrilla warrior Brown because Lincoln’s hair was out of her price range. She ended up on an Easter Sunday morning at the Lincoln Memorial, which had been dedicated in I was going to write another collection with the focus being on death as entertainment.

Which is to say that you can draw a more or less straight line from vaccation Dark Ages peasant blistering his feet trudging to a church displaying the Virgin Mary’s dried-up breast milk to me vomiting into a vlwell bag on a sightseeing boat headed toward the assassinwtion hell where some Lincoln assassination conspirators were locked up in And I go on a case-by-case basis.


Vowell does not like him. In an attempt at interactive book reviewing, and because I find the subject matter so interesting, I decided to drag my reluctant co-worker Adriane on a pilgrimage to the Chicago Historical Society during our lunch break in order to view the actual bed that Lincoln died on.

So I floated my pilgrimage theory to him in an e-mail and he wrote back that at one point on his Spanish trip, he saw “the flayed ‘skin’ of Jesus — the entire thing, you know, with like assassination and stuff, mounted on a wooden frame.

The Foo Fighters are on the marquee. But that is not the kind of girl my mother raised me to be. I admit that before reading this book, I knew very little about James Garfield Along with architect Henry Bacon, French tinkered with various solutions, concluding that only electric lighting placed above Lincoln’s head could correct the travesty.

You took for granted that you would love him, but you were surprised that you ended up liking him.

There was an error processing your purchase. I got that from Fairness and Accuracy in Media, the watchdog group, vosell Nexus. You pointed out he had to sneak into Washington DC for his first inauguration—through Baltimore [laughs].

It might have been interesting Another one I didn’t finish, and I’ll try and save you the trouble of starting.

Sarah Vowell: Death Takes a Holiday

They split a live dove over his head every morning. Watching your sister get into a dispute with a woman in a parking lot in Cleveland—which you included in the book—which was very sweet. We even get a few tidbits of information of only vaguely connected topics thrown in for good measure. I am a more or less peaceful happy person assaseination lone act of assadsination as an adult was shoving a guy who spilled beer on me at a Sleater-Kinney concert.

Kerouac famously wrote that the only people for him were the mad ones; the only people vaccation me are the curious ones. And their revolution, which eventually ended okay. She earned a B. You have to deal with the whole stupid monarchy thing for most of their history. And before she knew it, she was on a pilgrimage, a holy quest to visit all the places involved in the death of Abraham Vacqtion. Nary a word that I can recall.


Still, I am left at a three-star rating for this particular book, though I certainly intend to continue on with her other books later. He received the commission in Her book Assassination Vacation describes a road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of vosell Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley.

They may or may not—I agree with you somewhat. So by the time the memorial was finally dedicated nine years later, the sculptor was a little pent up worrying how his work would come off. The second reason awsassination her comparison to the modern day Iraq War and Bush Administration. The assassins and the presidents invite the same basic question: Was what you were going to do clear to you?

Just who do you think you are? In Vacation, her tone is much less stridently sassy, and for me much easier to get along with. Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only.

Sarah Vowell: Death Takes a Holiday : NPR

That said her voice is definitely distinct. I said yes, that I think a better name for the tea afloat with tapioca globules is tea ‘n’ dumplings and that I had it at the Chinese restaurant in D.

Then, of course, there’s vacatoon Super-8 as an alternative. I enjoyed my tour through America’s strange assassinayion with presidential murder, but it was Sarah Vowell’s final stop on her pilgrimage that stays with me. Still, I dread bodily harm coming to the current president because of my aforementioned aversion to murder, but also because I don’t think I can stomach watching that man get turned into a martyr if he were killed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If medieval pilgrimage speaks more about the pilgrim than the saint, then it undercuts the fun of Assassination Vacation that only conscripted schoolchildren, the elderly, and Sarah Vowell actually visit these places.

In the morning, the usually cornflake-consuming, wheat-intolerant guest is served floury baked goods on plates so fancy any normal person would keep them locked in the china cabinet even if Queen Victoria herself rose from the dead and showed up for tea.