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Publisher's Note:

Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other -- a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage. From Buffalo to Alaska, Washing…

Assassination Vacation

by Sarah Vowell

Overall Book Review:

The New York Times Best Seller Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowel is a little bit travelogue, a little bit history, a little bit memoir, and a little bit random.  Vowel meanders through a historical tour of three presidential assassinations.  Reminiscent of a stand-up comedian, her voice is rapid-fire, funny, sometimes sarcastic and overall pretty darn entertaining.  But, it is not all frivolity; Vowel takes time along the way to reflect upon events and perspectives.  This book isn’t my normal reading material, but I found it a refreshing and enjoyable read.  For those who like the quirks of history delivered in an entertaining voice, rather than straight-up historical narratives, this book is just right.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 19 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 10 derogatory names; 3 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  Report of a person hanged/executed; brief description of an assassination attempt involving pistol-whipping; knives, mention of blood; 3 presidential assassinations described in detail; report of a stabbing, murder of a wife and attempt to kill his children; detailed discussion and quotes regarding Lincoln’s autopsy (description of brain) and items on display like blood-covered items and skull fragments; report of killing/shooting during Civil War; report of slaves shot/whipped; report of prison torture; brief description of doctor probing for a bullet; report of cannibalism; report of death by electric chair; reference to various wars; report of execution of villagers ages 10 and older.

Sex/Nudity:  References to sex jokes, losing virginity, sleeping around, fondling; ‘knocked up’, bumper sticker about gays, T-shirt that says “Porn Freak Rehab’; report of an affair; report of a woman pregnant out of wedlock; comment about master raping slaves; multi-page section outlining a 19th centuries sex-practices, mostly general in nature, but a few details.

Mature Subject Matter:

Politics, Assassination, Death, Treason, Cults

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Passing reference so speed and coke.

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
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10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
5
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Sex/Nudity
Rating:
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10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!