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Sarah Vowell has an amazingly weird imagination and a curiously sweet and high-pitched voice. Her low key delivery in no way prepares you to hear her tell such twisted, funny yet morbid stories.
Part of the satisfaction of hearing this book recorded is the shock of that sweet Midwestern voice telling such gruesome tales with such obvious relish. The other part is hearing such astute political commentary from such a weird perspective.
I keep thinking she's about to narrate a Betty Crocker cookbook, and then she provides historical insight and analyis combined with political commentary that gets right to the blazing white heart of contemporary America.
I love having this book as an audible file so that I can go back and listen again and again--there is so much here that each 'reading' reveals more. Vowell's focus on assasination is both weird and fascinating, but her razor sharp intelligence could make me listen to just about anything she found interesting enough to write about.
I enjoyed every minute of this well narrated and well written book. It is the basis for the part of the movie Julie/Julia that is based on Julia Child's life and it describes both her love of cooking and the delights of living in France...also the delights of EATING in France. A great recommendation for fans of France or of Julia Child."
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