Search Results: "Christopher Buckley"


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NO WAY TO TREAT A FIRST LADY by Christopher Buckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Unspeakably and endlessly funny. Unless you're a former president."
Wicked humorist Buckley shoots fish in a barrel and makes them dance. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2003

"As much a love letter as we're ever likely to get from an author who usually prefers satire to sentiment."
Longtime D.C. resident and novelist Buckley (No Way to Treat a First Lady, 2002, etc.) turns his wry gaze on our nation's monuments and museums, ostensibly leading four walking tours of major sights. Read full book review >

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LITTLE GREEN MEN by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"The dizzily mixed result isn't much of a novel, though it's a highly amusing and likable entertainment. (Book-of-the- Month/QPB selections)"
Buckley fils's fourth comic novel (following the riotous Thank You for Smoking, 1994) once again eviscerates contemporary economic-political phenomena, this time in the twin forms of a complacent TV talk-show host and of a secretive government agency that fakes alien abductions to encourage popular support for funding space exploration and Pentagon overkill. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU FOR SMOKING by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Topical allusions and a quick pace guarantee an amusing read, but Buckley's stereotyped characters, impassive prose, and pat ending limit his satirical reach to entertaining but inconsequential jabs. (Author tour)"
A breezy satire of political correctness, Buckley's third novel (after Wet Work, 1991) displays an undiminished appetite for current affairs and a talent for converting some of America's thornier social issues into light comedy. Read full book review >

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BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU by Christopher Buckley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"Prone to benign mischief, a literary twinkle in the eye, Buckley nails his targets more often than not yet likewise has fun with unexpected asides, like the 'excruciatingly chaste' plays of the otherwise notorious Marquis de Sade."
Buckley (They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, 2012, etc.) offers stylishness and nimble wordplay in this latest collection of (generally) lightweight ruminations on contemporary culture and its foibles. Read full book review >

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FLORENCE OF ARABIA by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

"Buckley is a literary WMD. Thank heavens he's ours."
Buckley (Washington Schlepped Here, 2003; No Way to Treat a First Lady, 2002, etc.) jauntily flips pies at Middle Eastern dynasties, splattering meringue on the CIA, the State Department, the French, the mullahs, and anyone else standing nearby. Who could not laugh? Read full book review >

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WET WORK by Christopher Buckley
Released: Feb. 12, 1990

Buckley's second novel (after The White House Mess, 1986) finds him edging into WFBjr's territory of international melodrama, and adding a bloody overlay of Richard Condon burlesque. Read full book review >

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SUPREME COURTSHIP by Christopher Buckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 2008

"Even Buckley fans might suspect that he's begun to crank them out a little too quickly."
As before, Buckley (Boomsday, 2007, etc.) blurs the line distinguishing the historical, the plausible and the preposterous amid the political circus of anything-goes Washington. Read full book review >

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THEY EAT PUPPIES, DON'T THEY? by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A lively and politically spirited read."
The title refers to the supposed culinary propensities of the Chinese, but as this novel makes clear, it's said with more than a twist of irony. Read full book review >

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WRY MARTINIS by Christopher Buckley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"These wry martinis make a good case for teetotaling. (Book-of- the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
Despite a few sparks of wit, this lightly humorous collection of occasional pieces misfires badly. Read full book review >

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THE RELIC MASTER by Christopher Buckley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"With torture and swordplay, there's more (lowercase) gore than Washington generally offers and more fun than most readers might expect even from twisted history."
A writer known for his satires of Washington, D.C., takes aim at religion in 16th-century Europe, where a relics trader is forced to steal one of Catholicism's most coveted objects. Read full book review >