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Supreme courtship
Buckley, Christopher
BUCKLEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It's a delicious prospect: what if a beleaguered president decided to nominate a TV judge to the Supreme Court? Buckley effectively ransacks the Washington political machine for his newest novel, disarmingly read by Anne Heche. No stranger to controversy herself, Heche takes a special glee in depicting media gone mad. For Pepper Cartwright, the "plain ole girl from Plano" who finds herself on the bench, Heche effectively channels Annie Potts. Yet Heche is equally effective delivering the rest of the overwhelmingly male characters, ranging from the Midwestern President Vandercamp to a patrician fixer and Pepper's flashy producer husband. Supreme satirical novelist Buckley gives the narrator plenty of clues, and Heche delivers the annoying laugh and calculating tones of justice wannabe Senator Mitchell with hilarious exactitude. Despite the preponderance of men in Supreme Courtship, it is the brilliant casting of Heche--who keeps Pepper present at all times--that gives this audiobook an edge over the print edition. A Twelve hardcover (Reviews, June 9). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Buckley's latest satire (after Boomsday and Thank You for Smoking) takes on the Supreme Court, reality television, and presidential elections. When two of an unpopular president's Supreme Court nominees are rejected for, among other things, writing an unfavorable review of the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird in a grade school newspaper, the president retaliates by nominating a popular network television judge. Things get further complicated when she actually wins the nomination. Buckley is a master at setting up ridiculous situations featuring unsavory characters, and he does not disappoint here, presenting a senator who stars in his own TV series portraying a U.S. president (definitely not West Wing caliber) and a TV producer whose biggest reality success aside from his wife's courtroom show features people jumping to their deaths. Buckley's main character, however, TV judge Pepper Cartwright, never rises above cliche, and all her supporting characters get the best lines. Happily, Buckley features these supporting characters and their snappy dialog heavily. Recommended for public libraries.--Julie Elliott, Indiana Univ. Lib., South Bend (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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