Monday, May 16, 2005

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

This is my first book review, I think, so maybe I'll need to change my page title. I like books, movies, and music just like everyone else, so I might as well write about stuff I like, right?

I'm kind of into history lately, working on historical web sites and so-on. I try to read every day, so after hearing a review of Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell on NPR, I decided to give it a try.

Most history books are kind of boring, in some way, but this book is a really fun read. Sarah takes us on a road trip will willing friends and relatives to all sorts of places where Presidents were assassinated, what happened just before and after the event, what lead the assassin to do what he did, etc. There are a lot of strange facts and artifacts all wrapped up in these things, and it's really kind of fun to find out what she discovers.

I've been a fan of Sarah's for quite a while, as she occasionally does an essay on This American Life. She's also quite the kid pop star now, doing the voice of Violet on Pixar's "The Incredibles". Pixar is one of my favorite companies...

Anyway, if you like American history, or if you're just a little bit curious, get this book! And maybe it will put in the mood for a road trip to New York or D.C. -- that's what happened to me!

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