Author: Sarah Vowell

Book Review 59: Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

Book Review 59: Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

     I had the opportunity to see Sarah Vowell in Cedar Rapids as a part of the Outloud! Author Series sponsored by the Metro Library Network. I was familiar with Ms. Vowell from her appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After her reading and Q & A session with the attendees, I purchased two of her books, Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes. I decided to tackle Assassination Vacation first as I have had some weird fixation with both the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations since 10th grade.Ms. Vowell has a unique style of writing American History. For Assassination Vacation, she travels around the country visiting well-known and not so well-known locales connected with the assassinations of 3 early U.S. presidents, Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. She doesn’t just visit site connected to the presidents, but also those connected to the men that fired the gun. This approach provides a unique, somewhat well-rounded picture of the victim and perpetrator.I say “somewhat well-rounded” because Ms. Vowell is well-known for her commentary on current American politics which she deftly weaves into the narrative of the book. Some might say this taints the overall neutral perspective that some might be seeking in a […]

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