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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots Hardcover – July 12, 2011

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About the Author

Laura Ingraham is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Diaries and Power to the People, the most listened-to woman in political talk radio as host of her own nationally syndicated radio program, a Fox News contributor, and permanent substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor. A former Supreme Court law clerk and white-collar criminal defense litigator, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her two children.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; First Edition first Printing edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451642040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451642049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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167 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Anna VINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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I look forward to the day that none of what Laura describes in her book makes sense...skinny lattes, skinny jeans, high tech strollers with cup holders, parents who let kids express themselves with bad behavior (the type I would have been spanked for if I even thought about stepping out of line back in the day), lack of manners, the inability to distinguish between personal and public information, and our increasingly connected / disconnected youth. When I think about it, my kids were lucky their mid-80's stroller had brakes, and the wheels, as I recall, only went forward or back; I had to pop a wheelie to make a turn or correct course...and my hand was my cup holder.

It's important to step back and laugh at ourselves once in a while...of course I write this on my iPad as I'm considering taking my son's dog (oops, animal companion), who is a semi-permanent house guest (my son living elsewhere), over to PetSmart for a nail trimming, and wondering if I should sign her up for a supervised play date for a few extra bucks...all on my dime. Time to reset my priorities, and just take her for a walk. No mention of boomerang pets in 'Of Thee I Zing'; I guess I'm on the cutting edge of something here....

Life lessons, a snapshot of life in 2011, and an etiquette book wrapped in satire; if you don't find yourself on at least one page, you might want to pass the book to a friend and get their thoughts. Funny and thought provoking to the last page, and well worth a weekend read.
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100 of 118 people found the following review helpful By anna on July 14, 2011
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Laura Ingraham's new book 'Of Thee I Zing,' is a light-hearted, humorous romp through the American culture. This is an ideal summer beach amusing commentary about so many unfortunate things we're exposed to in this society, from the ill-mannered to the "muffin topped," from spoiled kids to poorly educated teens, from men donning purses ("murses") to those shrinking airline seats...the list is endless. I found this book great fun; my daughter and I have been reading parts out loud to's good to laugh about our culture once in awhile and Laura Ingraham knows how to do it! (If we can't laugh about it all, we'd surely be weeping!)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jules on August 18, 2011
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I had a blast reading Laura's newest book. It is nice to know that you are not alone in the world. I, too, have observed the things that Laura and Raymond write about and have very similar feelings to theirs.
Then I read a chapter that I realized I Zinged myself!(or in other words I am as guilty as them).
This is a fun book to read in these depressing times. Poking fun at the culture (and maybe even yourself) has given me a few giggles. Thanks Laura and Raymond!
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No subject is off limits, as the author unleashes verbal nuclear warheads towards everything that bothers most of us "old-school" types in today's deteriorating society. Laura's writing style is more like a manifestation of the little voice within us all that rolls its eyes and shakes its head in disgust in every area from the mall to church to the holiday's... which Laura logically explains... includes a list of holidays that had to be created by Hallmark Cards. When I say nothing is too sacrosanct to be protected from Laura's scathing attacks, I mean from drooping pants in the mall to this reaction to BRITNEY SPEARS latest performance: "SPEARS LIP-SYNCED THE LYRICS TO A TRACK AND EXECUTED HER DANCE MOVES WITH ALL THE ELEGANCE OF A STROKE VICTIM ON VALIUM." Her take on current entertainers in general can best be summed up by "THE INGRAHAM RULE OF THUMB: THE MORE DESPERATE AND FLAILING A "SINGER'S" HAND MOTIONS, THE WORSE THE SINGING. I REFER TO THE LADIES WITH THE "RAINING FINGERS WHOSE DIGITS MIRROR THEIR WILD VOCALS AS THEY RUN UP AND DOWN THE SCALES IN A DESPERATE SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT NOTE. ONE HAND LIVES ON THEIR EARPIECE; THE OTHER EXECUTES THE RAIN GESTURE. TIE HER HANDS BEHIND HER BACK, AND MARIA CAREY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PRODUCE ANY SOUND AT ALL-WHICH COULD WELL BE AN IMPROVEMENT."

But don't think for a minute that even 20% of the book is about entertainers. The author sprays her denigrating (but almost always accurate) venom in every direction that mankind currently exists. From "devotees" dressed up in movie character garb and camping out in line to get into opening night... to people not knowing the difference between "THERE" and "THEIR"...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Cassel VINE VOICE on September 20, 2011
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Unlike many others who've given low ratings to this book, I don't disagree with this author on most political issues. Despite she and I holding some similar views, I really didn't think that much of this book.

The problem is that she has a good solid magazine article here or perhaps a blog where she could hit a zing a week sort of series. There just is not nearly enough for a book, though.

The book starts out rather strongly with some solid hits on what many consider the deterioration of our society's norms. Go back to the 1930's and even hobos or 'bums' (today called homeless peoples) wore ties and usually jackets. Men on assembly lines also wore ties and collar shirts unless the job was too dangerous due to the tie. I can go on as probably you can as well.

Today people arrive half naked to shop at Walmart. Men go to good restaurants wearing nasty tee shirts often with gross pictures or sayings on them. They eat never taking off their baseball caps. This is the sort of behaviors which Ingraham starts out lambasting.

However, after a good start, she runs out of material and wanders into a long complaint / whine about such trivial things such as guests who arrive too early to suit her tastes. She complains about parents lobbying for their children and outcome based education. That is, she moves from individual bad behavior to criticizing institutions she dislikes or disapproves of. Toward the end of the book she picks up steam again hitting some more material complaints.

Finally she finishes in what I consider a rather odd and controversial manner. She complains that the world is getting to be too secular for her.
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