This is my first Sarah Vowell, and won't be my last. Her writing style is amusing but insightful, and while you might laugh out loud at some of her passages, you also learn something along the way. Who knew that the history of presidential assassinations could be entertaining...in a good way?
Sarah Vowell is now one of my all-time favorite authors! I absolutely adored Assassination Vacation, which surprised me a little, considering the subject matter was not of particular interest to me. Sarah has a way of making you passionate about what she writes, with her off-beat enthusiasm and wit.
I love a good travelogue, but this book has so much more to offer! Assassination Vacation is chock-full of bizarre historical tidbits, combined with Sarah's hilarious perspectives on history as well as her travels, retracing the steps of three past presidents (Lincoln, Garfield & McKinley) and their assassins. Sarah also offers a bonus chapter at the end of the book, focusing on the presidential bad-luck charm who was Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's son. (He happened to be nearby or present at all three of the assassinations.)
I've already ordered "Take the Canolli" another of her books. I'm excited to read "Radio On" and "The Partly Cloudy Patriot" also by Sarah Vowell.
I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of Sarah Vowell's after reading another book by her, but this book was an excellent read. I'm a history buff and enjoy good political discussions. This book did not disappoint. If you enjoy history, mystery, and scandal then this book will be a great read for you. Told from her personal points of views (literally and figuratively) it's a quick read that will get your brain wheels turning.