AMERICA, YOU SEXY BITCH by Meghan McCain

AMERICA, YOU SEXY BITCH

A Love Letter to Freedom

KIRKUS REVIEW

A middle-age liberal comedian and a younger Republican media personality embark on an RV expedition together to see if they can find common ground (they do) and say something significant about America (they don’t).

“My own view heading into this trip is that America is at a particularly crappy time in its history,” writes Black (You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, 2012, etc.). His counterpart is McCain (Dirty Sexy Politics, 2010), flamboyant daughter of the Republican presidential candidate, who has occasionally aroused the suspicion of her party but who loves the same things as all good Republicans (guns, whiskey, red meat, country music, God, etc.). “I really love America,” she writes. “I don’t mean this to come off like a cliché; you know, American girl loves America, but it’s true.” Though family, friends and others had trouble understanding why two people who knew each other only through Twitter committed themselves to this project, something similar has been done often and better—from the “Point/Counterpoint” segment that long ran on 60 Minutes to the ultimate in strange political bedfellows, James Carville and Mary Matalin. Here, “the entire project, from idea to execution, happened in a little more than a month,” writes McCain. “Michael and I sold the book before we actually met in person.” The result is often tedious and shallow, as their travels reveal little beyond the obvious about New Orleans, Austin, Memphis, Salt Lake City and other cities.

“Stereotypes have a funny way of falling apart when you actually talk to people,” writes Black, though the book reinforces a lot of stereotypes and is rarely funny.

Pub Date: July 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-306-82100-4
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Da Capo/Perseus
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2012




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