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A Time to Run: A Novel Paperback – August 10, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
All the liberals are smart, principled, and are dedicated and effective good-deed-doers. All the conservatives are greedy, corrupt, and yes, even evil. An intelligent, accomplished, and conservative Supreme Court nominee is implausibly naive. The story is melodramatic; the characters are two-dimensional. I had high hopes of gleaning genuine political savvy from "someone who really knows," but Boxer decided to write a pedestrian political thriller that doesn't inform or thrill.
One reviewer wrote about the sex scenes in this book. Don't get your hopes up about those, either. And now I know why Boxer, who is my senator, hasn't responded to any of my letters to her office; she and her staff have been too busy working on this novel.
It seems like a couple of the reviews here are about Boxer, not her book. Yes, I bought it because I am a fan--and then I read and got totally into it. Her personality really shines in this book. It's knowledgeable about the scene, witty, sharply insightful, fast-paced. Like the Senator herself. A great plane read, full of the colorful behind-the-scenes politicking and some interesting characters, I just had an enjoyable time reading it. And if you are a Cheney fan, well, that's your issue to grapple with. Just enjoy the book, okay?
This in truth is something of an odd novel. It's the prehistory of a fictional California senator framed book-ended by a short story about a controversial nomination to the Supreme Court. The prehistory starts in Berkeley in 1974 and is a love/hate triangle following the future senator, her husband and a mutual friend. As another review noted, it's chic lit, pure and simple.
The book tends to wear its faults on its sleeves. The short story about the Supreme Court nomination is too easy, requiring little of the senator, who benefits from a deus ex machina gift of knowledge. The conservatives are cartoonish in their villainy, which is a little disconcerting. (Even letting expression plausible rationalizations for their behaviors would have gone a long way toward making them seem human.) There is a sociopathic character who has to evolve. That's something that would be remarkably hard to pull off, and the novel doesn't quite do it. And some parts are quite frankly poorly written.
The strange thing is that it feels like the parts that Boxer probably wrote herself are much better than those written by her professional author counterpart. The contrast is most obvious in the opening two chapters. In the first a senator and her staff discuss how to oppose a Supreme Court nomination. The writing is pretty credible and tight. The next chapter has two former lovers reuniting.Read more ›
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Barbara Boxer's book is an incredible page turner! Buy your copy today! James Patterson San FranciscoPublished 19 months ago by James Patterson
This was a great book and I believe Senator Boxer and her co-author did a nice job! The last chapter seemed a bit rushed but the book is still a good read. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by L. Marie
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When Senator Fischer is asked, "If the people can't trust you, who can they trust?" I had to laugh out loud.
This book is Barbara Boxer's opinion of herself. Read more
I really wanted to like this book, but it was so bad that I can't even think of any redeeming qualities to write about it. Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Reader
I admire Ms. Boxer in other ways but not this her book. I gave up and tossed this book after slogging to the midway point. Read morePublished on September 22, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I was a bit surprised at how much I ended up liking this book. I bought it as a "bargain book" and got more than my money's worth.
I wasn't expecting much. Read more
Boxer's been a hero of mine for ages, so I was kindly disposed. Great literature? No. More than competent writing, arresting storyline and characters? Sure. Read morePublished on March 1, 2007 by PageTurner
I have to say I wasn't expecting much when I started this book. I was very surprised. I read it in two nights; I found it very engrossing!!! Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by S. Lourie