Bookshelf: November 16, 2012

Why Romney Lost

By David Frum (November 16, 2012) - "In Why Romney Lost David Frum, a former George W. Bush speechwriter, delivers a forthright analysis that offers a bold, hopeful plan for Republican success in the years ahead. David Frum urges a Republican party that is culturally modern, economically inclusive, and environmentally responsible--a party that can meet the challenges of the Obama years and lead a diverse America to a new age of freedom and prosperity." (Newsweek ebook)

Here Comes Trouble

By Michael Moore (November 16, 2012) - "Smashing the autobiographical mold, Moore presents twenty-four far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his own early life. One moment he's an eleven-year-old boy lost in the U.S. Senate and found by Bobby Kennedy; and in the next, he's inside the Bitburg cemetery with a dazed and confused Ronald Reagan. Fast-forwarding to 2003, he stuns the world from the Oscar stage by uttering the words 'We live in fictitious times...with a fictitious president' in place of the usual 'I'd like to thank the Academy.' And none of that even comes close to the night the friendly priest at the seminary decides to show him how to perform his own exorcism. Capturing the zeitgeist of the past fifty years, yet deeply personal and unflinchingly honest, Here Comes Trouble takes readers on an unforgettable, take-no-prisoners ride through the life and times of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, it's the book he has been writing-and living-his entire life." (Grand Central Publishing)

What About Dick?

By Eric Idle (November 16, 2012) - "Described by Idle as 'Oscar Wilde on acid, or like Downton Abbey, only even funnier,' What About Dick? begins with the birth of a sex toy invented in Shagistan in 1898, tells the story of the decline of the British Empire as seen through the eyes of a Piano, as well as the story of young Dick, his two cousins and their dipsomaniac Aunt Maggie, who all live together in Kensington in a large, rambling, Edwardian novel. There's Reverend Whoopsie, a private Dick, the incomprehensible Scottish Inspector McGuffin and the case of the Houndsditch Mutilator. What else do you need to know for six bucks?