Show Me 5 Saturday – Supreme Courtship

A meme  by That’s A Novel Idea

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1 Title: Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

2 words that describe the book: Political comedy

3 settings or characters:  Pepper Cartwright: TV judge who becomes a reluctant nominee to the US Supreme Court.

Buddy Bixby: TV producer of Pepper’s show (Courtroom 6) and also her husband.

President Vanderdamp:  He’s tired of his Supreme Court nominees being rejected and tired of being president.

4 things I liked/disliked about the book:   I liked Pepper.  She’s sassy and funny and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

I liked the President’s lawyer Graydon Clenndennynn – smart, funny and getting on in years.

Although a bit over the top I enjoyed most of the characters. Love a book that makes me laugh out loud.

I liked the footnotes that explained things like latin phrases, popular tv shows, and legal precedent cases.

5. Rating: 4/5 stars

Supreme Courtship

Goodreads synopsis (not my review): President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won’t have the guts to reject her — Judge Pepper Cartwright, the star of the nation’s most popular reality show,Courtroom Six.

Will Pepper, a straight-talking Texan, survive a confirmation battle in the Senate? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? And even if she can make it to the Supreme Court, how will she get along with her eight highly skeptical colleagues, including a floundering Chief Justice who, after legalizing gay marriage, learns that his wife has left him for another woman.

Soon, Pepper finds herself in the middle of a constitutional crisis, a presidential reelection campaign that the president is determined to lose, and oral arguments of a romantic nature. Supreme Courtship is another classic Christopher Buckley comedy about the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule.

The Downhill Lie by Carl Hiaasen

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From the book flap: Ever wonder how to retrieve a sunken golf cart from a snake-infested lake? Or which club in your bag is best suited for combat against a horde of rats? If these and other sporting questions are gnawing at you, The Downhill Lie, Carl Hiaasen’s hilarious confessional about returning to the fairways after a thirty-two-year absence, is definitely the book for you.
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My daughter gave this book to my husband for Father’s Day. After he read it, I decided to read it for the Southern Reading Challenge. The book fits the challenge in the strictest terms: written by a Southerner and takes place in the South. I haven’t read any of Hiaasen’s fiction but I’ve seen his books in stores and mentioned in blogs. He had me laughing throughout the book. That said, I’m not a golfer by any definition. (Sorry Mom and Dad, those summers spent taking lessons at the club just didn’t take). For as much as Hiaasen claims to not like golf, he sure waxed poetic more than a few times. The game just doesn’t do it for me (make me want to wax poetic, that is). My husband enjoyed the book – but he also enjoys hacking his way (his words) around 18 at least once a week. If you enjoy the game, you’ll probably enjoy this book. If you don’t enjoy the game, but play, you’ll probably enjoy this book!