Assassination Vacation is Sarah Vowell's chronicle of her research into the assassinations of presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. As she road-trips around the country to visit every spot important to these assassinations — from Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. to the Key West island prison where John Wilkes Booth's co-conspirators were held — she sprinkles tidbits of fascinating and amusing history.
"Before, I didn't mind [Garfield], and of course I sympathized with his bum luck of a death. But I find his book addiction endearing, even a little titillating considering that he would sneak away from the house and the House to carry on a love affair with Jane Austen. In his diary he raves about an afternoon spent rearranging his library in a way that reminds me of the druggy glow you can hear in Lou Reed's voice on 'Heroin.'"
Sarah Vowell is the author of various history books, including Unfamiliar Fishes and The Wordy Shipmates. She was a contributing editor to Public Radio International's This American Life from 1996-2008, and also starred in the movie The Incredibles.
Length: 248 pages
Set in: United States (various)