Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell.


As I’m more of a National Public Radio fan than a history buff, I was pleasantly surprised by the way author Vowell manages to take our nation’s history and make it relevant to 21st-century readers. She really breathes life into decades-old monuments and gravesites like no other modern writer, and finds the unique distractions and details to the stories of presidential assassination more interesting than the textbook versions. That said, I’d love to see forward-thinking high school teachers introduce this book into their American History curriculum.


Posted on September 22, 2006, in Books. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Recommendation: Vowell’s “Partly Cloudy Patriot.” I downloaded the audio version from, read by the author herself (she sounds a little bit like Lisa from The Simpsons). Good stuff.

  2. I actually read PCP before AV. Liked it well enough to buy the next one.

    Also, FYI, director Brad Bird realized what you did and cast her as an animated character – Vowell voiced Violet in The Incredibles (2004).

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