America, You Sexy Bitch. Finished 8-14-12, rating 2.75/5, political travelogue, 309 pages, pub. 2012
Michael Ian Black, 40-something happily married father of two, liberal atheist, former Power Ranger
Meghan McCain, 27-year-old MSBNC contributor who likes her guns and alcohol, Christian Republican, current daughter of Senator John McCain
How’d they meet? Twitter! Late one night over a few tweets they decided to take a cross country trip to talk to real Americans.
Where’d they go? California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Washington DC, Connecticut
Who did they talk to? Strippers, Mormons, Katrina survivors, military, congressmen, Muslims, random folks
What did they talk about? Guns, religion, health care, government, war, military, drugs, gay marriage
Who drank the most? Meghan
Who did I agree with more (but not always)? Michael. His opinions actually came with explanation and nuance. It may have been Meghan’s age, but her opinions came with attitude and there were many inconsistencies.
What were the good parts? I don’t know. I learned a little about the Mormons and some of the drug testing the government is working on.
Coolest parts? Because of the McCain name they had access to Fort Campbell and it’s training programs and access to Congressmen.
Bad parts? They had a hard time explaining the book to people and that’s no surprise. I read it and am still unsure about the point.
Their conclusion? Stereotypes are bad and opposites in the voting booth can still be friends.
My conclusion? Although I enjoyed the idea and Michael’s take on their travels I can’t really see much reason for recommending it. I didn’t like the first half but the second half was better. The less drinking, the better the writing.
I received this book from Mandy at The Well-Read Wife for her first ever book club. I posted two earlier discussion posts (1 & 2) and if you want to find out what the rest of the 49 people in the book club are saying about it click here.
Thank you so much Mandy for inviting me to be a part of it!