[bksvol-discuss] Re: book recommendation

  • From: Cindy <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2006 13:06:47 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks, Kellie. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy
reading. I'll put it at or near the top of my list.
This is the way I like best to learn history--and I
retain it better. 

I recommend Burr, by Gore Vidal, also in the
collection, as another interesting and readable book
that will make learning about that period of time, and
the man, and various scandals and politics fun and


--- Kellie Hartmann <hart0421@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm reading a book that I'm really enjoying, so I
> thought I'd share in case it appeals to anyone else.
> The book is called Assassination Vacation by Sarah
> Vowell. I'm reading it as a commercial audio book,
> but it's also available from Bookshare. It's an
> adventure in discovering history focused on the U.S.
> presidents who were assassinated while in office.
> I'm not especially interested in U.S. history most
> of the time--I've been taught it so repetitively and
> so conventionally that all the interest value has
> been squeezed out. But this book is reminding me
> that U.S. history is no less interesting than the
> history of anywhere else, meaning that it can be
> quite fascinating.  The book is an out-and-out
> celebration of general quirkiness with offbeat humor
> heavy on the irony and more tangents than your
> average trigonometry class.
> And no, no one is paying me to write this review.
> <grin>
> Happy reading,
> Kellie

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