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Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation | Sarah Vowell
New York Times bestselling author of The Word Shipmates and contributor to NPRs This American Life Sarah Vowell embarks on a road trip to sites of political violence, from Washington DC to Alaska, to better understand our nations ever-evolving political system and history.
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Scochrane26
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Two books I have read & own that are both about presidential #deaths. Dead presidents is about many of our presidents, and the author visited their gravesites. Assassination vacation (such a great title) is about 3 presidents who were assassinated, not JFK. Vowell is more political in her book, several times complaining about George W. It made me laugh & wonder what she thinks of our current politics. #chillingphotochallenge @Clwojick #scarathlon

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BeaG
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Sarah Vowell was a guest speaker at my school today. I can't wait to read the tagged book.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled LUCKY!! Im so envious! I bet she was amazing. 2mo
BeaG @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I wasn't able to hear her speak because I had a class during that time. My coworker got 2 books for me. She gave each student a signed cooy. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive only read Assassination Vacation, but I loved it. I have several of her other books in my stack. So smart and funny. 2mo
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BeaG @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This one came highly recommended and you confirmed it. I'm going to start with it. It will be my first book by her. I also have Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. I can't wait to start Assasination Vacation. The title alone piques my interest. 2mo
ljuliel My favorite Sarah Vowell book. Her audiobooks are terrific. She has so many guest narrators to play all the parts. 1mo
BeaG @ljuliel I heard that her audiobooks are great. I may get the audiobook for Assassination Vacation and follow along with the book. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Bailedbailed

I don‘t think Sarah Vowell is for me. I bailed on one of her others in the past. She is definitely knowledgeable but too many asides and too much “I” for my taste.

Decided on the bail while waiting for my son during his drive test.

He passed 😅!

TheSpineView I get that sometimes. Some authors are not for me. Congrats to your son! 6mo
Suet624 I used to love listening to her on This American Life. But I have never felt comfortable with her books. 6mo
LeahBergen Yay for your son!! 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Amiable I loved this book, but couldn‘t get through some of her others. Saw her speak once —she was great in person. 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen thanks! All that parallel parking practice paid off 😄 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView thanks! And yes, it‘s too bad about this author but she does have a lot of fans! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 my impression is that she is probably fun to talk with! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Amiable the things she talks about (personal experiences, pop culture references) probably carry over better in person! 5mo
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k.reads
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Road trips call for Sarah Vowell. 🚙🏕

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PathfinderNicole
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1. Done!
2. Hm...Aiden got the gum ball color of the week at Family Video the other day which meant we got a free rental!
3. Mediterranean or Asian
4. Only 4...then 7 step first cousins.
5. 💜💜💜💜
#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

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Bookwormjillk
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It‘s not as cold today as I feared. Suddenly spring seems possible. I only have about a half hour to go in my book. Maybe Stephen King next? I‘ve been working on a re-listen of the Dark Tower series.

#litsywalkers #audiowalk

DarcysMom I always enjoy King as an audiowalk companion. 10mo
Kaye 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 10mo
RachelO Love your photo there! 10mo
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Bookwormjillk
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A very wet walk today. Still loving this re-listen. #litsywalkers #audiowalk

DarcysMom 👍👍🤩 11mo
Kaye Good job. Gonna start calling some of you Old Faithfuls, as you go daily, no matter what the weather ! I‘ll be off to the gym in a bit. I missed my window of opportunity for quiet so will wait til a bit later to go up. 11mo
Kaye PS. Love Sarah Vowell ♥️ 11mo
Wife 🌹 11mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I only got a half mile in, but it was something. Busy day! #litsywalkers #audiowalk

Kaye Good job 🌷 11mo
DarcysMom Good for you getting out and walking! 11mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Going to have to break it up into short walks today. Just walked through the melty fog to get the kids to school. Switched audiobooks because I was having trouble concentrating on fiction. #litsywalkers #audiowalk

DarcysMom I am going to split my walks today, too. 😁 11mo
Wife 🌹 11mo
Kaye Great pick for a book. I love Sarah Vowell in audio. Terrific, plus I learn a lot. 11mo
Bookwormjillk @kaye me too, especially this one 11mo
Kaye Yep, this is my favorite. Waiting to hear what her next one is about. 11mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I really enjoyed this walk through history following the paths of Presidential assassins and the very twisted stories of what brought the president‘s into their sights, and what happened to them after...from harrowing rides to assume the office, to free love cults, to truly insane men...it‘s all fascinating. Truth really is stranger than fiction.

WanderingBookaneer I loved this one. Then again, I have loved all of her books. 11mo
Librarybelle This is my favorite of hers! 11mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Oh history....🤯 as the song goes:
“same as it ever was, same as it ever was”
or maybe I should go with
“we didn‘t start the fire”?🤦‍♀️

Funny because she‘s referring to George W Bush‘s election, states to close to call (FL recounts) and popular vote too...and as I‘m reading it I‘m thinking, here we are again with another president who didn‘t win the popular vote. Strange how this seems to reoccur with republican candidates though...🧐

GingerAntics Right?! The only reason the south is Republican because they allowed them to continue to be racist, unchecked. They were completely Democrat until reconstruction. 11mo
Lea That is one of my top 2 favorite non fiction books 11mo
Amiable I love this book! And I agree with you. 11mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I know Sarah Vowell‘s histories aren‘t everyone‘s cup of tea, but I love her dry humor, and personal tangent asides...not only has she been horribly sea sick already just getting there, she‘s also casting shade on the things that were just too barbaric to considering making the prisoners do...hang them by their thumbs, yes...doing the laundry, oh you go to far!😂

8little_paws I love her. I don't like her on audio but love her in print!! 11mo
Gezemice I read one of hers and I am cool with the asides, but the long tangents to tangents to tangents drove me nuts. 11mo
Amiable I love this one, but her book about Hawaii was a bear for me to get through for some reason. 11mo
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RachLovesTV
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A interesting and humorous look at the US presidents who had the misfortune to be assassinated while in office, delving into their lives, careers, politics, legacies, and the weird quirks of fate that connect them to one another. I really enjoy both Sarah Vowell's lighthearted style of writing and her blunt honesty regarding the negative aspects of our country's past and its supposed heros.

jmofo One of my favorites! The audiobook can‘t be beat! 14mo
RachLovesTV @jmofo Half the time I can't decide if I like her voice or not, but this is the third of hers I've listen to, so I clearly like it enough to keep listening. 😅 14mo
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Thndrstd
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Heading out on vacation - a cabin on a beach on a lake. My 3-year-old did a dance this morning while shouting “Beach! Beach! Beach!”

Here‘s to several days of (I hope) sunshine, books, and little to no internet. Obviously I won‘t be posting or liking (sorry) but I will be reading and I hope to post a bunch of reviews when we return.

readordierachel Have fun! 1y
rather_be_reading haha i would do the same dance too! 1y
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jmofo @Thndrstd My favorite of Vowel‘s books although her book on Hawaii is just as good but in a different way. Enjoy! 1y
Thndrstd @jmofo thanks and I agree 😀 1y
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PathfinderNicole
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Just got out of watching Solo and now waiting for my husband and son to get out of Infinity War! Glad I brought my book along for the wait!

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PathfinderNicole
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1. I haven‘t actually started this yet but am going to today!
2. Not really. My husband is working so our son and I are going to work on some school stuff and maybe play outside a bit! I also need to start packing to be gone all summer 😬
3. Steak sandwiches with this mustard sauce my grandpa used to make!
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Enjoy your day! ❤️ 2y
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bookwrm526
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I love this woman‘s books. History with a bit of sass and humor. A dark topic but fascinating, and I love the places she goes and the people she meets.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Her audiobooks are the best!

Crystalblu There is just something about her voice. 2y
Blaire This is a great book! 2y
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monalyisha
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Vacation: I either will have plenty of time to read the 1 million books I packed, OR, l‘ll spend 5 days being too drunk to read. 😂

TrishB Either is acceptable 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen I'm with @TrishB 💕💕looks like you're already having fun 🍷🍹 2y
Reviewsbylola Sounds like a win either way. 🤣🤣 2y
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Leigh_Medeiros Bon voyage, amiga! 2y
Chelleo I love everything about this post!! 😍😂😂😂 2y
CouronneDhiver Have an awesome time! I love to cruise ... lots to do 2y
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mcipher
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This kitty at the Book Barn (best used book store ever) annual sale didn‘t want to pose with my #bookhaul but he did purr while I petted him. Had a lovely book club field trip (freezing cold but everything was 30% off, and then we had tacos). 👍 #bookbarn

Lcsmcat What a fun field trip! 2y
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GinEyre22
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#autumnreads Day 18: Author who shares your name

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Kaye
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Sarah Vowell is my super hero. I only wish I had half the brain she does! She really knows her history inside and out. My favorite book of hers is Assassination Vacation , but they are all good. Get the books, get the audios...get smarter just reading her stuff. Funny, too 😁

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GinEyre22
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Major catching up on #backtoreading : Day 20, sock Sunday

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love ladybug 🐞 2y
BibliophileMomma 🐞 💖 2y
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GinEyre22
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Major catching up on #backtoreading : Day 21, recommendations

Sarah Vowell is my spirit animal.

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GinEyre22
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"Hard to believe that the candidate who lost the popular vote could actually become the President of the United States. Luckily, that kind of travesty never happened again"

Hahaha. Oh wait. ?

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shawnmooney
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Some interesting historical detail here, but I found the book as a whole a rather uneven jumble, not nearly as interesting as I had expected. And the audiobook was simply dreadful. While I'd enjoyed Vowell's unique voice on NPR, etc., I now realize that such enjoyment is limited to small doses. And the inclusion of celebrity narrators for direct quotes didn't work at all, making this one of the clunkiest audio adaptations I've encountered.

Suet624 I always smile when I think of her pieces on the radio, but I can imagine it would wear on you. Which I find I'm kind of embarrassed to say. (edited) 2y
ReadingEnvy She had so many guest voices that were sorely underutilized. Seeing their names on the cover made me pick the audio... Doh. 2y
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shawnmooney
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Conservio I sincerely hope this is true 2y
Conservio If I were to ever found an important institution I would definitely include something like this in my will. 2y
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MrBook You're awesome, you know that? If you didn't hear that today, then let it be said every day henceforth. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 2y
TrishB I'm sure this happens at some meetings I'm in 😂 2y
shawnmooney @MrBook Aw shucks - thanks! 😍😍 2y
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shawnmooney
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Suet624 Sigh. 2y
saresmoore That's appalling. 2y
shawnmooney @Suet624 @saresmoore Talk about foreshadowing of this disgraceful week in America and particularly its presidency, hey? 2y
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saresmoore Truly and devastatingly so. 2y
Megabooks Disturbing. 2y
ReadingEnvy There is a store in my town that sells such things and promotes National Confederate Patriots events. I feel on pins and needles sometimes wondering when our shoe drops.... 2y
Suet624 I have no words to add to yours, Shawn. Disgraceful all the way around. 2y
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shawnmooney
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#QuoteOfTheDay

Oooh, I'm going to love this!

LeahBergen Have you ever read this book? It was a total page turner 2y
Suet624 A month ago I visited Robert Todd Lincoln's home in Manchester, Vermont. Found out he had been President of the Pullman Railroad Car Company. There's a beautiful railroad car on the property. 2y
ReadingEnvy Her voice is pretty ... distinct. Are you doing the audio? 2y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy Yes. I love her voice. I've heard many of her pieces on NPR, especially This American Life over the years. 2y
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shawnmooney
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#QuoteOfTheDay

This book was written in 2006. An intriguing, uncomfortable resonance to the rage I am carrying in my body today.

ReadingEnvy I think the only thing I've said to my husband that made him do a double take was something along these lines... 2y
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Blaire
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Since these presidents didn't #livetotell their stories, sarah vowell takes on the task and does it with the wit she always brings to her writing. #augustgrrrl

Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💚✔️ 2y
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monalyisha
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When I told my friend @Megann886 that I was about to start Sarah Vowell's audiobook, she said, "You know what she sounds like, right?" I do. I know she sounds like a babydoll that would kill you in your sleep. I'm okay with it.

"Assassination Vacation" is a morbid romp. Vowell takes you on a road trip to learn about the first three American presidential assassinations: Lincoln, Garfield & McKinley. It's educational & ghoulishly entertaining.

monalyisha The full cast (Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Daniel Handler, Dave Eggers) was a fun addition & I'm happy to see that her other books include this aspect, as well. I'll definitely be listening to more by her. 🙌🏻 Full review @: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2029796026 Drawing by graphic artist Sarah Graley. (edited) 2y
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monalyisha
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"The McKinley Memorial...is a domed edifice on top of a hill. It‘s a gray granite nipple on a fresh green breast of grass." I'll be honest, having a tombstone that looks like a boob doesn't even sound that bad. #grlpwr ???

If not though, I just want a fox to lounge around on my book-shaped grave all day. Is that so much to ask? And the epitaph should read, "Late to her own funeral." #timeisaconstruct

Littens: What are your posthumous plans?

8little_paws Burn baby burn! 2y
DivineDiana Perfect stone! Haven't made plan yet! 😳😉😀 2y
monalyisha @DivineDiana That's probably a healthy attitude. 😂 2y
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kalinichta I want to donate my body to one of the university "body farms" in the country, like the one in 2y
monalyisha @kalinichta Noble goal! ✌🏻 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Mark Gruenwald had his ashes mixed in with the ink of a posthumous collection of the Squadron Supreme comic book series that he wrote. Now "ashes editions" are super rare collectibles. I have never been able to decide if this is cool or horrifying. 2y
monalyisha Haha I'm with you @TobeyTheScavengerMonk . That's quite a stumper. 2y
kspenmoll @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Somehow too creepy for me😱 2y
monalyisha @TobeyTheScavengerMonk @kspenmoll @DivineDiana @8little_paws @kalinichta I also love the idea of these colorful, darkly funny tombstones @ The Merry Cemetery in Romania. 💖 http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2013/06/13/cimitirul_vesel_or_the_merry... (edited) 2y
kalinichta @monalyisha It would make cemetery visits so much more interesting to have a view on the person's life like that. So much more personal than a slab of rock with just name and dates. 2y
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monalyisha
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tfw Sarah Vowell is your aunt:

"Owen is the most Hitchcockian preschooler I ever met. He's three. He knows maybe ninety words and one of them is "crypt."

"I have not been particularly shocked by how much I love Owen, but I am continually pleasantly surprised by how much I like him. He's truly morbid."

"Owen climbed on top of it [John Hay's grave] and hollered, "This is a nice Halloween Park!" (That's what he calls cemeteries)."

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monalyisha
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"She points at a lopsided armchair, says Garfield had it "'specially made for him. He would lean his back up against the high side of the chair and flip his legs over the low side."

“If there is a recurring theme in Garfield's diaries it's this: I'd rather be reading.”

"I have always felt,” Garfield wrote in his diary, “that the ocean was my friend."

Vowell's book has me identifying hardcore with our lackluster 20th President.

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Bookish_B
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Summer treats: Kabobs, California pasta salad and Assassination Vacation! 😊

Viji I love Sarah Vowell! It's fun to listen to her read her books too. 2y
Bookzombie It all looks good, but I love a pasta salad. 🤤 2y
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LauraJ
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Sarah Vowell is an amazing writer with a grating voice. No wonder this was the only one of her titles without a waitlist at the library. I'll have to do this one in print.
#24in48

LectricSheep I listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot last month, and when the audio started I was like "you've got to be kidding me." But by the end, I kind of...liked it? It was almost Sedaris-y! ? 2y
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Melwilk
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This is the second book I have read by Sarah Powell, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. Vowel is a sharp, witty writer who presents things with just enough of a dark tone. I especially found the Ohio connections in this book interesting, and I learned plenty of new historical facts.

AmyG She is wonderful. 2y
Sace I just got a couple of her books this week. 2y
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JamieArc
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Sarah Vowell is the way to go if you want to up your jeopardy game in the American history category. In this book, she pilgrimages through the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Vowell has a gift in making history reading enjoyable and less slow, as well as weaving together history, current events, and her own quirky life stories.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍and welcome Litsy. This is a great place, looking forward to to chatting with you about books & allsorts. @MinDea let me know of your arrival 👏👏👏 2y
Librarybelle I loved this book...my favorite of hers! 2y
Redjewel_7734 Sounds like an interesting read 😊 Welcome to Litsy!!! @MinDea let me know you‘d arrived & we‘re glad to have you & see & stack all your interesting reads to our Mt. TBRs 🙌🏻 2y
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CatLass007 Welcome to Litsy! I haven‘t been here very long either but I love it. I hope you do too. 2y
MrBook Nice review! 2y
JackOBotts That's awesome to hear! I have another of her books on my #tbr 2y
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LinusTheWonderPup
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Whoops #BookHaul

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Anovelobsession
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#AintNobody better (and funnier) at writing about American history and culture. And listening to her on audio is a lot of fun! #JuneTunz @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I'm going to need to check her out...thanks for posting and sharing 💕 3y
AmyG Love her. Makes sense her books would be great audiobooks. 3y
Crystalblu I love her! Just grabbed Lafayette for our drive tomorrow! 3y
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emilyesears
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Mehso-so

I thought I was going to love this--I'm a total presidential history nerd. However, while the history was interesting, Vowell makes a lot of political comments which makes the 2005 book seem dated. She also complains a lot about things she believes are abuses of privilege while totally ignoring the fact that her status as a journalist grants her special access that most of the public wouldn't get. The book's tone just struck me as whiny.

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LaurenReads
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When I reach the recommendation limit for my library on a weekly basis - it's #blameitonlitsy 😀

Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 3y
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EvieBee I get two a month from one library system, and I've been banned from recommending on the other system. Wow! 😆 To be fair, they purchase all my recs. 3y
LaurenReads @EvieBee84 They purchase all mine too - I get 2 a week. 😂 3y
rubyslippersreads @EvieBee84 @LaurenReads I didn't know you could be banned from recommending. I'll have to be careful! 😱 3y
EvieBee @rubyslippersreads Well...I found a work around the limit awhile ago. But since the update...cough. Reading can make you do things you wouldn't otherwise do. 🙈 3y
EvieBee Can't believe I'm even admitting/talking about this! Haha! It's the community here. 😬 3y
Caterina Mine doesn't allow more recs until they've purchased mine... I hit the limit in November and they haven't purchased my recs yet. I recommended books like Evicted and the Wangs vs. the World, which seem like they shouldn't be too much trouble to buy. 🙄 3y
julesG I can't believe there's a limit on recommendations. 3y
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Jas16
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I love this book and Sarah Vowell in general. I love that I laugh out loud while learning things. #5555giveaway

Megabooks I haven't heard of this. Adding to my TBR! 3y
Literaryunicorn She is so amazing. I love the audiobooks of her work. 3y
Jas16 @Literaryunicorn I have been thinking about rereading her books but I should listen to the audiobooks instead. Thanks! 3y
DogEaredBooks I just finished this as an audiobook and it took me the entire book to realize she voiced Violet on The Incredibles. (edited) 3y
Suet624 I love listening to her. 3y
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DogEaredBooks
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"Read" via audiobook. The author recounts her trips (or pilgrimages) to sites associated with assassinated presidents and their killers. She has a great sense of humor which brightens what could otherwise be a pretty morbid topic. I learned a lot and I want to see what else the other has written.

WanderingBookaneer I listened to and loved Unfamiliar Fishes and The Wordy Shipmates. 3y
Bklover Beautiful!!🐶 3y
DogEaredBooks @WanderingBookaneer Did you know that she also voiced Violet on The Incredibles? I didn't realize until after I was done and it was on TV the next day. (edited) 3y
DogEaredBooks @Bklover Thank you!! He's a pretty awesome little pup! 🐾 3y
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Librarybelle
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I knew this was the perfect book for me when a giddy Vowell describes her attendance at the Sondheim musical Assassins. Someone else who marvels at tragedies? Sign me up! Vowell takes readers on a travelogue/history lesson of the presidential assassinations in American history. With snarky humor, she details the past and provides her impressions on her visits to the sites and the world at large. Still my favorite of her books. #35bookparty

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Mamashep
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Finishing this one off to kick off #deweysreadathon #deweys24hourreadathon #readathon #deweys

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Lea
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Pickpick

The audiobook was even better than reading it (which I did a few years ago). I love Vowell and having her read it - in her actual own words - was so much better. I love her style and the side stories she tells. Who doesn't want to take vacations to visit dead president sites?! #readwomen

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Brie
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#aprilbookshowers #badcovergoodbook I love Sarah Vowell's irreverent history books, but I just really dislike the covers. The blurriness just makes my head ache.

MayJasper They are horrible 3y
Jess_Read_This 🙈🙈I kinda like them...😂 3y
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