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Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Quirky commentator Sarah Vowell (you’ve heard her distinctive voice on Public Radio International’s This American Life) brings history to life through death … of the first three assassinated American presidents in Assassination Vacation (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Vowell takes the reader on a fascinating tour of famous and not-so-famous historical sites while providing commentary that links the political happenings of the day that influenced the assassin (Booth was shocked that he wasn’t regarded as a hero) with our present-day imbroglios. History, politics and human idiosyncrasies are rendered into a satisfying brew by Vowell’s wry humor and keen observations.

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The Losers (PG-13)

Movie Review

The Losers (PG-13)

Hot on the trail of Kick-Ass’s experiment in vacant violence, The Losers is equally wrongheaded. A team of U.S. Special Forces, led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Clay, gets double-crossed and then joins up with a mercenary named Aisha (Zoe Saldana) who insists they seek revenge against CIA baddie Max (Jason Patric). The film’s politics, like this entire effort, are sketchy. Each character seems to have sauntered in from a different movie.