Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

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New York Times bestselling author of The Word Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah Vowell embarks on a road trip to sites of political violence, from Washington DC to Alaska, to better understand our nation’s ever-evolving political system and history.
 

About Sarah Vowell

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Sarah Vowell is the author of the bestselling Assassination Vacation, The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Take the Cannoli, and Radio On. She is a contributing editor for public radio’s This American Life. She is also a McSweeney’s person and the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in Pixar Animation Studios’ The Incredibles.
 
Published April 4, 2005 by Simon & Schuster. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Offbeat and entertaining, this audio tour of the memorials, monuments and relics linked to the first three U.S. presidential assassinations features an impressive lineup of readers, including Conan O'

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The New York Times

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Sarah Vowell visits the sites connected with the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley.

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Offbeat and entertaining, this audio tour of the memorials, monuments and relics linked to the first three U.S. presidential assassinations features an impressive lineup of readers, including Conan O'Brien, Dave Eggers, Stephen King, Jon Stewart and, of course, Vowell herself, whose distinct voic...

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Offbeat and entertaining, this audio tour of the memorials, monuments and relics linked to the first three U.S. presidential assassinations features an impressive lineup of readers, including Conan O'Brien, Dave Eggers, Stephen King, Jon Stewart and, of course, Vowell herself, whose distinct voic...

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There are a number of Lincoln assassination sites on the web such as The Abraham Lincoln Assassination Page (which includes—for CSI fans out there—info on Booth's autopsy), and a site with a collection of the legal trial documents.

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Assassination Vacation, brought to us by Sarah Vowell, and a generous grant by the Simon and Schuster corporation (and viewers like you), is a book about the historical tourism that surrounds three perpetual history footnotes and walking, talking national tragedies: John Wilkes Booth, Leon Czolgo...

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Also new to me was the odd fact that Charles Guiteau (Garfield's mentally disturbed killer) blamed the doctors at the trial for Garfield's death, claiming that he had merely shot the man, the doctors were the ones that killed him (which, strangely enough, was probably true, through probing Garfie...

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Like any detailed documentation of a private obsession, Assassination Vacation can seem a bit dull in the details, at least when Vowell herself doesn't openly show her enthusiasm.

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Pajiba

She’s biased, she’s obsessive, and she’s kind of a weird bird.

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Pajiba

Assassination Vacation follows Vowell and a few of her friends and sometimes her sister and her adorable nephew as they make a pilgrimage to various sites that are important to presidential assassination history.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Spurred in part by her low opinion of President Bush's policies and an irreverent concern for his security, frequent NPR contributor Sarah Vowell embarks on a morbid pilgrimage to gravesites, monuments, and museums seeking relics of the assassinations of presidents Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield...

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Persephone Magazine

And one night late it came to me this way — I don’t know how it was, but it came… that we could not leave them to themselves — they were unfit for self-government — and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain’s was… that there was nothing left to do but take them all,...

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Kansas City Public Library

The 2012 program offers a chance to win a Nook e-reader as well as the opportunity to see Winter Reading featured author Attica Locke in person on March 21 at the Plaza Branch, where she will discuss her new book, Black Water Rising.

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