ASSASSINATION VACATION SARAH VOWELL PDF

Vowell is best known for her monologues and documentaries for public radios This American Life. A contributing editor for the program since , she has been a staple of TALs popular live shows around the country, for which The New York Times has commended her funny querulous voice and shrewd comic delivery. Thanks to her first book, Radio On: A Listeners Diary, Newsweek named her its Rookie of the Year for nonfiction in , calling her a cranky stylist with talent to burn. Reviewing her second book, the essay collection Take the Cannoli: Stories from the New World, People magazine said, Wise, witty and refreshingly warm-hearted, Vowells essays on American history, pop culture and her own family reveal the bonds holding together a great, if occasionally weird, nation. Sarah Vowells forthcoming book, titled Assassination Vacation and due to be published Spring , is about tourism and presidential murder. As a columnist, she has covered education for Time, American culture for the online magazine Salon.

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That question has been on my mind quite a lot lately, especially with the recent buzz here in Chicago over the supposed Virgin Mary salt-stain that appeared on an underpass of the Kennedy Expressway. People came from all over the state to see it, and I even saw the questionable miracle on CNN.

Vowell immerses herself in the minutiae of presidential assassinations, focusing specifically on Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, all of whom were shot while in office. Part memoir, part history lesson, Assassination Vacation is a hilarious look at a strange form of patriotism -- presidential death artifacts. The commentary on her personal feelings about politics and the history of the United States is what pulls the narrative of the book together, uniting the past and present in an attempt to discover what makes the relics of death so interesting to us today.

Vowell starts her tour at the Ford Theater, where Lincoln was shot. Lincoln does seem to take up most of the book, but he also has the most drama surrounding his death, which started out as a kidnapping plot and ended as an assassination. These are people who have the gall to believe they can fix us -- us and our deficit, our fossil fuels, our racism, poverty, our potholes and public schools.

The egomania required to be president or a presidential assassin makes the two types brothers of sorts. In an attempt at interactive book reviewing, and because I find the subject matter so interesting, I decided to drag my reluctant co-worker Adriane on a pilgrimage to the Chicago Historical Society during our lunch break in order to view the actual bed that Lincoln died on. Unfortunately, the exhibit was closed so the most I can say is that I was in the same building.

At least I have a nice set of Lincoln paper dolls I bought from the gift shop, and can console myself by using them to reenact that fateful night.

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It was at the Little Big Horn that Lt. George Custer came to grief, forever making his name a synonym for "bad decision. So we got to the battlefield after 20 straight hours of driving; slept outside the Ranger station waiting for it to open; then took in the battlefield, unwashed and unshaven and without even a cup of coffee. I was giddy with exhaustion? At one point, I drove up to Reno Hill.

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That question has been on my mind quite a lot lately, especially with the recent buzz here in Chicago over the supposed Virgin Mary salt-stain that appeared on an underpass of the Kennedy Expressway. People came from all over the state to see it, and I even saw the questionable miracle on CNN. Vowell immerses herself in the minutiae of presidential assassinations, focusing specifically on Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, all of whom were shot while in office. Part memoir, part history lesson, Assassination Vacation is a hilarious look at a strange form of patriotism -- presidential death artifacts. The commentary on her personal feelings about politics and the history of the United States is what pulls the narrative of the book together, uniting the past and present in an attempt to discover what makes the relics of death so interesting to us today. Vowell starts her tour at the Ford Theater, where Lincoln was shot. Lincoln does seem to take up most of the book, but he also has the most drama surrounding his death, which started out as a kidnapping plot and ended as an assassination.

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