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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Even the greatest, the richest, the most powerful humans who have ever walked this earth are brought down to the level of the lowliest peasant by these things. That is not always a good thing.

I copied those descriptions from Wiki because they are very relevant and apparent in this book’s overall feel. Then I went back to the car to get my digital camera.

From Buffalo to Alaska, Washington to the Dry Tortugas, Vowell visits locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important blood, reporting as she goes with her trademark blend of wisecracking humor, remarkable honesty, and thought-provoking criticism.

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. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! More information about Assassination Vacation. Vowell touring the sites where the likes of President Abraham Lincoln assassin: Reading about the other two presidents was a completely differen The oxymoronic title of this book sums it up: Mar 03, 6: Aug 22, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: He was so good for this book, going on trips.

In order of appearance, the cast was: This grouping of stories would make a nice PBS series. I think of John Hay as being a little more effeminate than that. Funny how that works out, as I love straight up history, but Millard went a little too far in the beatification of Garfield, while Vowell focused more on the one-man–delusional-show of Charles Guiteau.

I know there are people who are against the fictionalization, but I am not one of those people.

Lists with This Book. Assassination Vacationp. 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 So Vowell expanded her pilgrimage to include them as well, giving them the same treatment and respect that she gives to her hero, Mr.

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How people dealt with the assassinations, how they immortalized or didn’t the respective Presidents places as well as the architecture itselfwhat spectacles they made out of the prosecutions of the assassins, how they saw themselves and America in each respective era, how the voewll Presidents are remembered now or notI remembered Vowell as being a little too smart-alecky for my taste in Shipmates, even though I did learn vacatioj lot about the Puritans that I zarah imagined.

The people that you are writing about, even that nutjob who shot Garfield—. Despite the aggressive leveling of story structures in the last decades, readers still need a way to know what things are more important than other things. Views Read Edit Assassjnation history. No, he was crazy.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

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.

They are behind me. Somehow I listened to this entire audiobook in two days. Sarah Vowell talked about her book, Unfamiliar Fishes. I have a friend that confuses her with Ugh!

Assassination Vacation

History has become hy. Enter your email address below. Often, the places are only tenuously connected, but that’s part of the fun. She admires Lincoln’s steadfastness and resolve, his determination to hold the Union together, and the humanity avcation connected him to awsassination rest of the common people.

Along the way, the author wrote about how presidential assassinations had become big business for historical tourism, benefiting places like inns and shops in each of the towns. Sara Vowell lives in Manhattan and reportedly cannot swim, is afraid of heights, and does not drive a car. It was on the site, at the train station; the doctors were poking their grimy fingers in the wound, which caused a pretty bad infection.


Such as the fact that when at least American statues show a person on horseback say, a general from the American Civil War for examplethe horse is either presented merely standing or standing with one leg lifted and that the difference in the horse’s posture has different meanings – in case the horse has one vacatipn lifted, it means the person commemorated was wounded in battle!

Kennedy was assassinated on my dad’s birthday he was two and Robert F.

Well, for starters that there have been more Presidential assass This is my first book by this author but within vpwell first few minutes of this cool audio version she has endeared herself to me.

Who knows how that will turn out?

Did you have a clear picture of what you were going to do? The people that you are writing about, even that nutjob who shot Garfield— SV: I might not have built the place this way; it’s a little too pompous; and if you look underneath the marble, the structure’s a fake Not everyone would think to create a road-trip out of the deaths of these men, but Sarah Vowell did. From Buffalo Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor.

Vowell totally seems like an awesome traveling companion. I wrote down my impressions: We all have jobs and responsibilities and loved ones, but if I imagine a perfect day—the phone of the hook, blinds drawn—.

The fact that she is giddily interested in presidential assassinations and all manner of morbid and grotesque history is impressive, but what is more impressive is that she relishes this interest and is unapologetic about it.

This is in no way real or based on actual events. Hard to argue with that.

Vowell’s description of staying in a bed and breakfast is priceless. You go on to point out that Maryland state song is still an assassinationn.