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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel; 1 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080653415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806534152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We have it as a fact now, thanks to Lisa Baron, that Republicans have raunchy sex, too...filled with material sure to interest columnists who trade in the gossip of this town's bold-faced names." 
--Washington Post

"Don't peg her as the one-party type. LIFE OF THE PARTY offers a bare-all look into her many press positions and resourceful communications style!" 
--Skirt! Magazine

"If you buy into the stereotype that Republicans are inherently more stiff and conservative, a book by former GOP press adviser Lisa Baron goes a long way to dispute that."
--Politico

"A plucky and smart young woman offers a unique insider perspective on Reed's reaction to the Abramoff scandal."
--Kirkus Reviews

Lisa Baron blows the lid off of the right-wing Godaphiles' sexual antics with wicked humor and God-fearing truth. Sex, drugs, interns--rock stars have nothing on Bible-thumping politicos." --Suzi Parker - Author of Sex in the South

More About the Author

Lisa Baron is an award-winning columnist and author of the acclaimed political memoir: Life of the Party. Life of the Party was recently optioned for television by a major Hollywood studio. A contributor to Huffington Post, Lisa's work has also appeared in Atlanta Parent, The Sunday Paper, Skirt!, Daily Candy, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her work is also included in two editions of The New York Times best selling Six-Word Memoir series. Lisa has appeared on MSNBC's The Martin Bashir Show, The Dennis Miller Show, The Alan Colmes Show, Culture Shocks, On the Block with Tim, The Judith Regan show and participated in Vanity Fair's acclaimed Writer's Reading series. Lisa lives in Atlanta with her husband and son.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan on February 5, 2013
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I have a bit of political experience myself and love political histories--- fiction, nonfiction, or otherwise. I did not like this book. Actually I hated it. I read the first couple of chapters and quit, and I never quit books. It was just not entertaining, the tone was grating and the narrative unenriching, not to mention terribly overdramatized. I can't quite figure out who the target audience was supposed to be, but I do not recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Very Merry Shakespeare on July 12, 2011
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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!

Until Next Time,
Amy The Write Companion.com
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Tryon on July 12, 2011
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First, if your 13 year old is looking for information about what it's like to work for a political campaign, steer him away from this book. Even as a college graduate, the writer is astonishingly sexually precocious, at least in the view of this grandma-aged lady.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's discuss the author's range of experiences on political campaigns. Winning, losing, she's done them all seemingly the longest and definitely most interesting stint is in the office of an "I am not a lobbyist" person, who, given his political leanings and personal idiosyncrasies, sure comes across as a lobbyist. The moments of greatest tension in this book spring from the consequences of fund-raising he should not have done.

Beyond the oddness of this writer's choosing to work in the particular office she describes, there is a good deal of information about how legislation is drafted and who is really running the offices of our senators and congress people. It's illuminating in the sense of what it's like to shine a flashlight under a bed. Unless you're an impeccable housekeeper -- and we can take as a given that our folks in Washington are not -- there are bound to be a few messy bits, and worse.

I believe that it's perfectly all right for some books to be for adults, only. This is such a book. I'm glad enough to have read it that I give it five stars. But if you disagree with my premise, better to give this one a wide berth.
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By Left in AL on November 5, 2013
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tawdry tale with little info about being a press representative. But it was interesting how Ralph Reed shot Sen McCain down with a lie, and McCain retaliated using the truth. Also interesting how gambling funds were funneled through Reed to deter Alabama from developing a state lottery, with the end result putting Gov Siegelman in prison.
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Politics haven't interested me much since quitting the debate team in college, and anything associated with the religious right instinctively makes me shudder. But I found Lisa Baron's compelling account of life as a hard-partying Jewish girl handling communications for Ralph Reed and other conservatives to be laugh-out-loud hilarious. A great storyteller, she has an excellent eye for detail that makes you feel like you're a fly on the wall. (I'll never be able to think of Ari Fleischer the same way again.) But with all of the great dish, my favorite part of the book was getting to "know" Lisa, appreciating her fierce sense of loyalty and love while celebrating her successes. Can't wait to read her future work!
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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.
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