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Dog Days Mass Market Paperback – Bargain Price, February 6, 2007
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I am currently at work on my next book -- a non-fiction anthropological survey of young political operators, though "work" is a flexible term at the moment. My husband provides the health care and the coffee, my three pets provide templates for good nap practices. Be like the cat.
Top Customer Reviews
The most significant disappointment is that Cox goes to the Washingtonienne well again. Cox's site "broke" the story of Jessica Cutler, who blogged about her trysts with staffers and politicos under the name "Washingtonienne" (and who subsequently milked her sexual adventures into a snore-inducing Playboy spread and an utterly forgettable book by the same name). And here Cox relies on that frankly mediocre political-sexual scandal as a significant plot point. The problem is, it feels like a creative crutch. Okay, write what you know, sure. And, yeah, we know, we know, your site broke the story, such that it was, and yeah, okay, we get it already. But to revisit it again instead of striking into original territory is almost inexcusable for a writer of such promise. What is undeniably inexcusable, however, is to give this lame plot point a this-is-so-crazy-it-just-might-work plot construct (get this! she's only pretending to be Washingtonienne, er, whatever, because Washingtonienne is totally made up, har harr!) worthy of a bad "Silver Spoons" episode.
Another thing that really irritated me was the whole "Democrats - good, Republicans - bad" dichotomy. Themes should be universal. I think even fellow liberals like me can handle a small dash of neutrality in fiction.
Perhpas the nicest thing I could say about Dog Days is that, at 274 pages, it's a quick read...but brevity, in this case, ain't the soul of wit.
Indeed, the best parts of the book come from a few lines where the characters observe life in Washington for the political/media elite.
For example, one character had a great take on why 40-year-old men in DC date twentysomething interns. Another describes what a Washington cocktail party is REALLY like. Later in the book, another character muses on the effectiveness of President Golden (read: Bush) "pushing Mom, flag, apple pie, pickup trucks and mortgages" during his re-election campaign.
"There's a whole generation of young people who live a life based on absentee parents and McDonald's vegetarianism, credit card debt and one-night hookups," the character says. "They're entering the professional class now and their mores and norms will define the new middle class."
This remark would have made a more interesting essay to read than passing dialogue in a novel. I think this book would have been better if the author threw out the fiction and stuck to full-length essays in the style that made her noteworthy in the first place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fun, fast read - good summer book that isn't formulaic and keeps you interested most of the way. It isn't great literature, but it isn't meant to be. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Psyche
I'm far from a literary critic. I honestly don't pay attention to plot or structure or pace. I just know what I like and what I don't like. And I don't like this book. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Usni
While I adore Ana Marie Cox's irreverent, policy-packed blogs, this novel comes short on delivering the same punches. Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by Ronan Rooney
Bored and dissapointed --- where do i get my time back ?Published on April 15, 2007 by Brian Gonzalez
Bears all the hallmarks of its author's self-congratulatory self-conception: vain, witless vulgarizing, power-celeb worship and sitcommish woodenness posturing as astute "irony"... Read morePublished on October 10, 2006 by Risa Mahria
Wonkette devotees and Beltway insiders may enjoy this book more than I did. It was a pleasant enough read, but not memorable.Published on April 9, 2006 by Bookaddict
Ever wonder what would happen if you dropped Carrie Bradshaw (from "Sex and the City") in Washington, D.C. in the stifling hot days of late summer? Read morePublished on March 1, 2006 by Amazon Customer