Really Cool Women\'s Book Club

June 9th, 2010 at Lori’s house-Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell June 20, 2010

Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 7:46 pm

Cool Women in Attendance:

Marci, Lori, Danda, Susan E, Ann, Susie


  • Cheese tray
  • Kabobs
  • Pie and wine, wine, wine

Memorable Moments:

  • Arguments over politics, child rearing and life in general.
  • Lori is a wonderful host in her new house and Jim can grill!
  • Wonderful ride in Danda’s convertible

Nominated books for Summer 2010 June 1, 2010

Filed under: Nominated Books — Susan @ 12:38 am

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

The Bean Tree by Barbara Kingsolver

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

I Who Have Never Known Men by Jacqueline Harpman

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane


Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell on June 9th at 6:30 at Lori’s house

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 12:03 am

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. What do you get when a woman who’s obsessed with death and U.S. history goes on vacation? This wacky, weirdly enthralling exploration of the first three presidential assassinations. Vowell (The Partly Cloudy Patriot), a contributor to NPR’s This American Life and the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in The Incredibles, takes readers on a pilgrimage of sorts to the sites and monuments that pay homage to Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley, visiting everything from grave sites and simple plaques (like the one in Buffalo that marks the place where McKinley was shot) to places like the National Museum of Health and Medicine, where fragments of Lincoln’s skull are on display. An expert tour guide, Vowell brings into sharp focus not only the figures involved in the assassinations, but the social and political circumstances that led to each-and she does so in the witty, sometimes irreverent manner that her fans have come to expect. Thus, readers learn not only about how Garfield found himself caught between the Stalwarts and the Half-Breeds, bitterly divided factions of the Republican party, but how his assassin, Charles Guiteau, a supporter of the Stalwarts and an occasional member of the Oneida Community, “was the one guy in a free love commune who could not get laid.” Vowell also draws frequent connections between past events and the present, noting similarities between McKinley’s preemptive war against Cuba and the Philippines and the current war in Iraq. This is history at its most morbid and most fascinating and, fortunately, one needn’t share Vowell’s interest in the macabre to thoroughly enjoy this unusual tour.