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.
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.