Life of the Party

Life of the Party

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by Lisa Baron
     
 

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Behind our political leaders-yes, even the "moral" ones-is an army of young, horny, professional staffers scrapping it out. Lisa Baron should know-she used to be one of them. With the unerring candor of George Stephanopoulos and the uncensored wit of Chelsea Handler, Baron gives good anecdote on a world where Godaphiles and Press Tarts work together to keep

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Behind our political leaders-yes, even the "moral" ones-is an army of young, horny, professional staffers scrapping it out. Lisa Baron should know-she used to be one of them. With the unerring candor of George Stephanopoulos and the uncensored wit of Chelsea Handler, Baron gives good anecdote on a world where Godaphiles and Press Tarts work together to keep their politicos from imploding. . .and reveals how a not-so-nice Jewish girl became spokeswoman for the head of the Christian Coalition until she had to kiss that career and its perks-a drunken night with Wayne Newton and a seemingly endless supply of narcotics-good-bye.

"Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, and Monica Crowley may think they're pretty bold. But when it comes to baring the secret ardor of a conservative woman, nobody undresses like Lisa Baron." -New York Daily News

"Hysterical." -Hollis Gillespie, author of Trailer Trashed

"Everything you wanted to know about what goes on behind the Christian GOP curtain but were afraid to ask. Funny, frank, hilarious. " -Michael Murphy, guest columnist for Time magazine

"Sex, drugs, interns-rock stars have nothing on Bible-thumping politicos when it comes to sin and raunch." -Suzi Parker, author of Sex in the South

"Primary Colors meets Coyote Ugly." -Gawker

"Sex, scandal. . .this book has everything." -A. J. Jacobs

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A memoir of one young woman's experience working as Ralph Reed's spokeswoman.

This should be a fascinating book. After all, it describes Baron's time as a single young socially moderate Jew working for Reed, the former director of the Christian Coalition, during a time when he was still politically powerful. The author seems to be counting on her readers to experience a certain amount of excitement from the revelation that Reed's spokeswoman during this period was a sexually active lush. However, given the long list of prominent conservatives who have been caught doing much worse, her activities seem almost quaint. Though Baron claims that she "bares all," most of what she shares is mundane: friendships with co-workers, relationship with her family, eventual marriage, nights spent getting drunk, casual sexual encounters. There are moments of real interest here—her description of making the leap from envelope-stuffing volunteer to the press room (by stepping past a temporary partition and commandeering a plant stand as a desk) show a glimpse of a plucky and smart young woman—and she offers a unique insider perspective on Reed's reaction to the Abramoff scandal. The most shocking claim Baron makes may be the veiled suggestion, toward the end of the book, that Reed did, in fact, have a hand in those rumors about John McCain's daughter in the 2000 South Carolina primary. Unfortunately, it seems the author decided that the nitty-gritty of real political work was less interesting than her love of vodka and grapefruit juice.

A misguided focus on sex and booze overshadows the moments of insight and inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806535173
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/28/2011
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Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
776 KB

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Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious and gritty story of life behind the cameras on a high-profile political campaign! And you thought the candidate's were having all of the fun!!!! Buy this book NOW - it's relevant to what's going on politically now - and even if it wasn't - it's FUNNY!!!!
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a political memoir, but this is much more than some funny stories strung together. This is an in depth look at just exactly how politics and the public connect and a dishy look at that intersection in where there is more sex and drugs than in rock and roll. That part really took me by surprise and I never knew that politics have more groupies than NBA players. Lisa Baron admits that she had groupie tendencies and finds herself in compromising positions but explains them as youthful indiscretions. What is even more shocking is that these escapades take place right in the middle of the Christian Coalition. This is the tell all I bet that group would love to be forgotten. I adored the humor and self depreciation that the author displayed.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
61. Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All by Lisa Baron Genre: Politics, Memoirs Pages: 272 Lisa explores her life as a spokeswoman for several politicians, namely the head of the Christian Coalition. Her voice is humorous and insightful, immersing the reader in the chaotic life she led. But as scandal rocks the organization she is forced to realize that her mentor may not be as honest as she thinks he is. When a series of bad decisions attracts bad press like a magnet, Lisa's skills are put to the test. A great and entertaining read full of very memorable quotes. 4/5
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sfc98 More than 1 year ago
These type of books are always hard for me to rate. It was funny, made me laugh out loud, but laughing at the raunchy, filthy real life escapades of a twentysomething is not necesarily a good thing. I like to think that the author took poetic license to embellish for the sake of humor, if not this is a troubled young woman who has writen a book to exploit herself and anyone who thinks this is the good life.
AmyELignor1 More than 1 year ago
After the title, I didn't quite know what to expect when I started reading Life of the Party but, was outrageously and happily surprised! When you begin reading in the afternoon you will NOT stop until the very last page has been turned. All Americans have a "fuzzy" idea of what happens in the world of politics, but this incredible lady writer told it just like it is! This hilariously funny book gives readers every snippet of what they need to know about politics, as well as all the secrets behind many runs for umpteen offices. Lisa, our author, was involved in many of these "runs" and has given us a "tell-all" of what went on behind the scenes. If you ever have had any curiosity about what goes on inside a political campaign, and the REAL personality of the candidate that you're voting for, this may just change your mind about ever voting again. Not to mention, if you have ever wanted to become a volunteer (who, by the way, does all the work while the candidate just looks pretty, or handsome, as the case may be) this is definitely the book for you! As the author works with many campaigns, she tries desperately to reach the 'palace' of her dreams as the White House Press Secretary. She has to juggle many different people and statements, while trying to keep her candidate honest - which is impossible in Washington. But, she is a 'never say die' girl, and leaves nothing to chance. Lisa has a way of shocking the reader, but gives extreme laughter to every person who picks up this book. Written in first person, you will feel as if you're right in the middle of all the action. And, maybe it will give some readers pause when they see what goes on in a political campaign. Perhaps, finally, a voter won't just vote for their party because they're supposed to - they'll stop and think long and hard about which lever to pull in the next election. Keep your fingers crossed! Amy, The Write Companion
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
If you have ever wondered what goes on within the political campaign of your chosen candidate or perhaps, you had an inkling, as you had become involved as a hard-working, pamphlet-passing, phone-stuck-to-your-ear volunteer as I have done, this book is definitely for you!! You'll enjoy Lisa Baron's "Inside skinny" of the ups and downs of political campaign life as she works toward her dream of White House Press Secretary,while juggling some sort of a personal life. Lisa leaves no stone unturned and some will surprise you, (may even shock you), perhaps anger you, but will give you some good chuckles along the way. Who knows?? It may even make you stop and think as you head to the voting booth for the next election!! Nancy Narma