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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
by Al Franken and Author


Overview - #1 New York Times Bestseller
"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.
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Overview
#1 New York Times Bestseller
"Flips the classic born-in-a-shack rise to political office tale on its head. I skipped meals to read this book - also unusual - because every page was funny. It made me deliriously happy." - Louise Erdrich, The New York Times
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

This is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect.
It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.
It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.
In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.
Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781478912569
  • ISBN-10: 1478912561
  • Publisher: Twelve
  • Publish Date: June 2017
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds


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Audio: Spying on Big Brother

The tale of the defector—his background, his reasons for betraying country and kin—is often the stuff of good spy novels. Put that “stuff” in the hands of a master weaver of intrigue like Joseph Kanon, and you have a sure winner, with all the intricate betrayals, feints and deceptions that agents have used since the beginning of spookdom. His latest, Defectors, perfectly narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, is set in 1961, when the Cold War was hot and paranoia was high. Simon Weeks is in Moscow to see his older brother, Frank, whose defection to the Soviets a dozen years earlier was a Philby-esque cause célèbre. Now, with KGB approval, Frank has written a memoir, which Simon, a New York publisher, is here to edit—or so it seems. Frank and Simon always enjoyed a close relationship, and initially, their bond remains strong. But as the ever-charming Frank draws his brother into his conspiratorial web, Simon must reassess his brother’s motives and look for the double double-cross. It’s a brilliant portrait of the airless expat-spy scene and of the subversion of brotherly love.

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When Anil Jha sells his website for $20 million, he, his wife and their 20-something son scrambling to get an MBA in America are catapulted into a new life. They’re not crazy, Kevin-Kwan rich, but the family’s move from their noisy, nosey-neighbored old apartment block in East Delhi to a mini-mansion in a newer lush, plush suburb puts them in a world of competitive pretension that’s foreign and unsettling to their middle-class mores. Their nearest new neighbors have a copy of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, with Adam in black shorts, painted in the foyer! Diksha Basu’s debut novel, The Windfall, follows the Jhas’ leap into the 1 percent with gentle humor and keenly observed detail, offering a window into life in contemporary India and into the universal problems, pressures and panic that can come with sudden wealth. Soneela Nankani’s lovely, light Indian accent is perfectly suited to this warm comedy of manners.

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Al Franken is funny and irreverent; he can’t help it. But he’s managed to keep his humor and gift for satire under control for the last nine years. When he ran for the Senate, his staff, advisers and anyone else he bumped into told him to cool the “Saturday Night Live” shtick, to break his funny bone and zip his comedic lip. “Be a workhorse not a show horse” was his new mantra. He did it, becoming an exemplary senator for Minnesota and a stalwart champion of progressive causes. In his seventh and most autobiographical book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, Franken serves up the story of his life so far: his happy middle-class childhood in a Minneapolis suburb, his heady SNL days, his run for office and win by the narrowest margin in Senate history, and his nine years as a senator. Franken does his own narration, and that’s a real treat. He admits that his inner comedian never really shut down, and the jokes and comic takes here are woven into a strong, serious look at America and American politics today.

 

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