Friday, January 8, 2010
Format: paperback, 285 pgs (ARC)
Subject: politics, Supreme Court
Setting: Washington DC
Source: won in a blog contest sponsored by Hachette Books
A delightful romp through the pomposity of Washington Congressional and presidential politics. Christopher Buckley is a master at tongue in cheek. He presents us with a president who is as close to Ozzie Nelson as we can find. He bowls, he watches TV, he vetoes every spending bill Congress sends him because he doesn't think the American people should pay for some of these ridiculous boon-doggles. But most of all, he just wants this term to be over, so he can go home to Ohio and sit on his front porch.
Before he does that however, he has to appoint a Supreme Court justice, and Congress is not inclined to approve anyone he sends. In a burst of brilliance (watching late night TV) he decides to appoint Pepper Cartwright, star of a top-rated TV Courtroom Show and America's favorite TV judge. This political satire gets better with each page as we watch this Texas born and bred (but Fordham Law school educated) lady bring her own brand of straight-shooting, pistol packing, rodeo riding spirit to the here-to-fore straight-laced Senate confirmation committee, and then to the court itself.
It is frankly, laugh out loud hilarious.
Challenges: Books Won 1/6, Read from My Shelves 3/20, TBR Challenge 1/12,