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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Sarah’s visit to the Garfield home which has been restored by the National Park Service took me with her back in time. Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American asssassination and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. I’ve long suspected that this had a lot more to do with the quality of the teacher than the subject itself.

I am capable of joy [laughs]. The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulyssesbecause it focused in on Emma Goldman, the delightful anarchist who was greatly feared in her time. I remember her assassintaion her finger at people saying, “We must avoid easy entertainments. Jan 04, jv poore rated it really liked it Shelves: May 07, 4: After her husband died she just mourned her life away—sitting in a rocking chair crocheting thousands of bedroom slippers.

But I’m a bit conflicted here. I copied those descriptions from Wiki because they are very relevant and apparent in this book’s overall feel.

I am not one of those people who likes all children. View all 16 comments.

Assassination Vacation

It was then I noticed that I had dangerously few pictures remaining. For example, the Spanish-American war, over which McKinley presided, bears a shocking resemblance to the current war in Iraq.


Kennedy was shot on my mom’s birthday she was twelveand if Sarah Vowell knew those two fascinating! Funny, but I agree that Vowell seems to have fixations or obssession on assassinations.

It was one zarah after another, each taken by my girlfriend as she sat waiting in the viwell seat sarab my car. Not everyone would think to create a road-trip out of the deaths of these men, but Sarah Vowell did. I look forward to reading more of her books. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. I don’t know a lot of folks who have much of an interest the subject of presidential assassination, let alone in the assassinations of such unfamiliar dead presidents as Garfield and McKinley.

She manages to sneak in a lot of history alongside her wry, sly, sarcastic witticisms, as well as her biting commentary on our current administration, which was great fun to read. Well, he was a drunk and a loser and a great general and great assaswination and a great writer and a terrible president.

Sarah Vowell on Assassination Vacation – Identity Theory

Imagine your soul-mate murdered next to you while you’re in the theater watching the latest low point in Seann William Scott’s career. Wait until a rainy day and return it by putting it on the front porch. I think all readers are sort of like that. Yeah, more of the same. This book has been quite an educational journey for me.

That love and passion is present in her somewhat erratic way of trying to tell the story of the Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley assassinations, and it made it interesting and easy to devour. He wrote a novel and he was a kind of—not effeminate—but definitely a very cultured mucky muck.


Enter your email address below. Just have them there making me feel guilty. Was it obvious to them? Then again, he said that before he got shot. It’s a fun read. 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.

Well, the advent of portability in technology. Or how the utopian free love community of Oneida, New York accidentally spawned the bizarre madman Charles Guiteau, and then went on to make rather nice teapots. Based on the fact that they are proud to publish them, I would like to think.

She sees the blurred lines between the two and perhaps deep in her heart hopes to reconcile. I really liked all the mid-life crises stuff. Meaning, you are not going to get to read, basically.

Vowell does not like him. View all 4 comments. No sense of the people in the flesh.