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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And then seeing Mrs. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Do you entertain any thoughts about writing fiction?

If I remember correctly from a half hour ago, the impetus for this book was just to assemble pieces that you are always doing and it became this other subject, and then you narrowed it down to three assassinations—am I recapping it correctly?

So Vowell expanded her pilgrimage to include them as well, giving them the same treatment and respect that she gives to her hero, Mr. Even though one city is all about sin and the other is all about salvation, they are identical, one-dimensional company towns built up out of vacatioh desert by the sheer will of true believers.


I knew McKinley’s assassin was somehow associated with Sraah Goldman, but that was about it. And the deaths of these presidents and the way they were mourned.

Assassination Vacation

More than half of the book are on President Lincoln. I really like that about him, and he is really funny and very quotable. Sep 28, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: However, over time Srah got tired of the author taking every opportunity to take juvenile shots at the Bush administration, the Iraq war, and Republicans in general.

To get started, just to have them there as—.

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I remembered that my friend Jack Hitt had written a book called Off the Road in which he retraced the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Most people thought that such dust had curative powers since it was associated with a near-saint whose corporeal matter had been directly blessed by God. The egomania required to be president or a presidential assassin makes the two types brothers of sorts.

There are a lot of weird and spooky coincidences surrounding the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations. I like the distance of talking about the long dead. Kennedy was assassinated on my dad’s birthday he was two and Robert F. I saray burned by politics and somehow in my head this translated to – more politics!


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Assassination Vacation By Sarah Vowell. Hoping to celebrate, French looked upon the final install-ation with horror.

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

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She described with a mixture of reverence and humor what she saw: Ford’s Theatre partly collapsed in on June 9,during Edwin’s funeral. Well, I can come up with at least that many assassinations off the top of my head from the last two years alone as if playing some particularly geopolitical game of Clue: The person I’m really treating unfairly is Nicole, for talking her into the eight-hour round-trip drive to Hildene. View all 7 comments.

Sarah Vowell: Death Takes a Holiday

There are Indian wars and robber barons. And it was a relatively undramatic period. And their revolution, which eventually ended okay. Paperbackpages.