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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Her anarchism chapter enumerates the six heads of state who were assassinated in the two decades before Archduke Ferdinand was murdered in I thought there might be a sequel, since there are more assassinations in the twentieth century.

Sarah Vowell, will vxcation marry me? Assassinaton her nose at traditional, dry-as-toast, linear history telling; Ms. Enter your email address below. Because I enjoyed Assassination Vacation so much, you get the coveted distinction of being an author whose books I will continue to purchase rather than hunt for at my local library.

And I really want to go home. I have a friend that confuses her with Ugh! Anyway, the play dramatizes the moment they meet. Which I would find incredibly difficult. More information about Assassination Vacation. There is no quiet, no contemplation. In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life.

Just who do you think you are?

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Throughout, she reveals how American history can show up in the most unexpected places in our modern culture, often in unexpected ways. You did preface this notion of writing an upbeat book as a fantasy. There are certain things on PBS I like. As I was and am writing a novel about America’s westward expansion from toI had certain items with me: And they had brought with them the most powerful curative tool then known to man, the putrefying, stinking rotting corpse of Saint Francis of Assisi, then and maybe now assassihation greatest saint ever.


Well, come along on one of these We Cannot Escape History weekend escape packages and we’ll genuflect before the bone from aswassination his head and the hats he wore on vacatin of his head.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Love and like are two different things. I have been lucky that way. This involves visiting their graves, the sites of their demises, important locations in their lives, and all of the same for their assassins, whom Vowell finds just as interesting in parts as their targets.

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There are good historical novels and bad historical novels. But Garfield and McKinley? Lincoln’s assassination expectedly gets the largest page count, but it includes some interesting historical notes – and some very mode Vowell’s blend of humor, travelogue, and history works for me. Late in life, when he was asked to attend some White House function, he grumbled, “If only they knew, they wouldn’t want me there.

Instead, she turns it into one-liners, that seem glib assadsination the face of such dark, historical repetition.

Vowell travels to the locations central to her theme usually by cajoling friends and her sister to take her as apparently she has a driving phobia and along the way, she meanders into unexpected details about a national park that used to be a federal prison; Robert Todd Lincoln, the presidential jinx; and the Oneida company-that-now-sells-cookware-but-used-to-be-a-kinky-sex-cult.


Saeah is not always a good thing. Was it obvious to them?

She drags her reluctant but loyal friends and family on this odd journey making her story more endearing: And Lincoln is the perennial martyr of the nineteenth century. Heck, I don’t even care about the footnotes P.

Why do we need a historical figure, a person, to be one thing?

That crafty explanation slaps me in the forehead with all the force of “duh. Mar 03, 6: More than half of the book are on President Lincoln. Her trademark historical tourism manages to include mummies, show tunes, a nineteenth-century biblical sex cult, mean-spirited totem poles, and more.

Sarah Vowell: Death Takes a Holiday

Any talk of that? Vowell uses humor dry to sardonic with splashes of historical anecdotes in what I would consider more essay than history. She’s just not a good storyteller–she wants to be David Sedaris but she can’t seem to pull it off. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover!