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America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedomby Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain
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In the summer of 2011, McCain and Black embarked on a balls-out, cross-country tour. Along the way, they spoke to politicians, gun lovers, abortion-rights advocates and opponents, gay parents, flag burners, Muslims, poker players, Tea Partiers, Minutemen, veterans, teen moms, bikers, fast-food workers, and a hooker or two. They toured the White House. They fired semiautomatic weapons. They stopped and ate at every Olive Garden along the way. But mostly they talked to each other about their differences, their similarities. Its Chelsea Handler meets Hunter S. Thompson in a political cannonball run across America.
"In this cross-country tour of America, the authors make odd companions: McCain (Dirty Sexy Politics), the Republican daughter of John McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate, and Black (You're Not Doing It Right), a Democrat and comedian. In between touring national landmarks and meeting locals, they spar over hot-button issues. Whether they are comparing the highs and lows of the Clinton presidency at his national library in Little Rock, Ark., or discussing race, sex, and the military at Fort Campbell, Ky., the book does an admirable job balancing each party's perspective and the personal associations the authors bring to the issues. McCain's own family's military history and concern over gun control laws contrast nicely with Black's concerns regarding health care, and help anchor larger issues to individual lives. The narrative is particularly lively when their city visits become outlandish, like an exploration of the American dream as realized by Yakov Smirnoff in Missouri or the sex industry in Las Vegas, Nev., but the book is less overtly funny than expected. As stereotypical party associations and extremism boil down to a genuine concern for the future of America, the result is surprisingly heartfelt. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"[Michael Ian Black is] so cool we believe the publisher when they call it 'Chelsea Handler meets Hunter S. Thompson.'" The Advocate
Conservative author Meghan McCain and acerbic liberal comedian Michael Ian Black hit the road together to find the soul of a divided America.
She is a single, twentysomething, gun-loving, Christian, Republican writer and blogger, the daughter of a Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee. He is a married, forty-year-old, gun-fearing, atheist, Democrat comedian, the son of a lesbian former Social Security employee. Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black barely know each other. But they are about to change the way politics is discussed in America.
Or at least the way politics are discussed in their crappy RV.
In America, You Sexy Bitch, Meghan and Michael embark on a balls-out, cross-country tour starting in California, the heart of liberal America, and ending in the state of Connecticut, the home of blue-blood Wall Street billionaires. Along the way, they visit such cultural touchstones as Graceland and Branson, party in Las Vegas and New Orleans, pretend to be Mormon in Salt Lake City (only for a second), and go to a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. They tour the nation’s capital; they fire semiautomatic weapons. But mostly Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black talk to each other: about their differences, their similarities, and how American politics has gotten so divided.
About the Author
Meghan McCain is a weekly columnist for the Daily Beast and a contributor at MSNBC. Originally from Phoenix, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She is the author of Dirty Sexy Politics, has written for Newsweek, and created the website mccainblogette.com. She lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Ian Black is a standup comedian and has starred in many television series and movies, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Viva Variety, VH1's I Love the... series, and NBC's Ed. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their two kids.
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