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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Miramax; Reprint edition (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140135971X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401359713
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her debut novel Sammy's Hill, Kristin Gore treats readers to an insider's view of life and love on Capitol Hill. In fact, the view couldn't get much more inside the Beltway, especially coming from former Vice President Al Gore's daughter. Still, Sammy's Hill is witty and engaging enough to prove that it's not always who you know, but sometimes how well you tell their stories.

Samantha Joyce, Gore's heroine, is a 26-year-old self-deprecating health-care policy advisor to Robert Gary, a well-respected senator from her home state of Ohio. Between endless work days, a grueling campaign schedule, and frequent trips to the pet store where she seeks advice on caring for her listless Japanese fighting fish, Sammy finds time to obsess over her new boyfriend, sexy speechwriter Aaron Driver. As things heat up with Aaron, Sammy's work schedule takes on a new intensity when Gary becomes the Democratic candidate for vice president. Along the way, scandal clouds both her personal and professional life, and our heroine discovers the often salacious underbelly of life on the hill.

Gore is best-known for her work as a writer on television shows such as Saturday Night Live and Futurama, and her comedic talents certainly shine through in this first effort. While at times the banter is overly constructed, and Sammy's neuroses can become grating at best ("...a sore throat was never just a sore throat--it was much more lively the beginning stages of Ebola, rickets, or wasting disease."), Gore does a good job of creating a protagonist who becomes ever more likeable as the book progresses. Thrown into the mix is a delicious sprinkling of hilarious Blackberry exchanges that round out this clever contemporary political adventure. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

This first novel by Al Gore's daughter is a fun, fast read, anchored by likable heroine Samantha Joyce, who spends her days toiling as domestic policy adviser to the noble Ohio senator Robert Gary, while neurotically carving out a social and romantic life. Just 26 and amazed that she's the senator's go-to girl on health policy, Samantha thinks she's gotten another lucky break when she meets Aaron Driver, speechwriter to Democratic presidential front-runner John Bramen. Aaron is "hot, and not just D.C. hot," and Samantha falls hard for him. Early on in their relationship, a Blackberry mishap—she mistakenly sends a message featuring whipped cream and video cameras to a list of important Washington players—gives Samantha her first taste of D.C. scandal, but it's soon eclipsed by politics and deception on a grand scale. As Gary goes up against backstabbing Bramen, eventually accepting the vice-presidential spot on Bramen's rival's ticket, Samantha learns of Aaron's epic infidelities. Samantha's whimsical asides and long-winded explication of political matters give the novel an awkward bulkiness, but her self-deprecating sense of humor and idealism will keep readers entertained.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By C. Wyskiel on August 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a devotee of Helen Fielding and Candace Bushnell, my bar is exceptionally high for fiction where the heroine's exploits include men, alcohol, and email drama. However, Ms Gore's DC answer to Bridget Jones rises to the occasion and made me laugh out loud many times throughout the two days where I could not put this book down. This insider's view of politics humanizes an otherwise dry area of subject matter and made me want to learn more about what happens as the behind the scenes staffers work long hard days for their political seniors. One need not even agree with Ms Gore's brand of health care policy to enjoy a delightful, well researched and humorous read. My favorite addition was the use of Blackberry as a verb - well done throughout the book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tanaka on August 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's been a long time since I've felt so close to such a wonderful character. Thank GOD there is finally a heroine out there who is utterly human. And who doesn't want to read a book that will make you laugh out loud and demand to be read in one seating?

Ignore the (very few) pompous, spiteful and annoying amazon.com reviews below (um, is it just me or have there been a ton of frustrated ex-LIT majors out there who do nothing but write bad reviews lately?) and BUY THIS BOOK! You will laugh at the heroine's fabulous neurosis...empathize with her career foibles and successes...and enjoy a good story.

This is not "chick-lit," in fact, don't try to classify this as anything other then a fantastic, funny and fresh example of fiction.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Carroll on September 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Let me first say that I was one of 15 interns for Vice President Gore in Spring Semester 2000 and got to experience politics from the OVP's office in the U.S. Capitol. During my internship, the Washington Post had an article about Gore in which I learned that as a young man, he was divided between wanting to be novelist and wanting to be a politician. Who knows how a career as a novelist would have panned out had he chosen that path? I was hoping that he would write a novel after the disappointment of 2000 and deciding against running again.

When I heard that Kristin was writing a novel about politics, I was thrilled to see someone in the Gore family pick up on Al's youthful dream. I was anxiously looking forward to reading her novel, trusting in her writing ability since she worked as a writer on "Futurama" and "SNL". Still, there's always a little suspicion that she got a book contract because of who she is rather than natural ability. What a refreshing surprise her first novel turned out to be!

To call it "chick lit" is derogatory and limits her readership audience to a smaller pool. I think her novel would appeal to anyone, male or female, who has worked on Capitol Hill or the White House or who is generally interested in politics and the people who work for the politicians. The little details sprinkled throughout the novel, from reading "The Hotline" and "Roll Call", are familiar to anyone who has worked on Capitol Hill. Kristin definitely knows her topic well and presents them realistically, albeit with much humor thrown in.

This is a rare novel in which I laughed out loud quite frequently.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Julia on August 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a refreshing combination of "Sex and the City" and an afternoon spent watching C-SPAN. While I admit I was bored in the beginning by the somewhat clunky writing, the characters quickly grew on me. Although some of the discussions of health care policy or Sam's idealistic exclamations ("I'm so happy to make a positive difference in the world!!) are forced, the book is overall charming, fast-paced and enjoyable. Definitely worth picking up.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erin Esposito on September 12, 2004
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I was actually quite impressed by Kristin Gore's writing talent, as demonstrated in Sammy's Hill. Gore is very talented and creative with her writing. The book is explicitly detailed, which allows for the reader to play a movie in their own minds while reading the book, and it is extremely hilarious!

Being as that I personally love politics or anything associated with politics, this fiction book was a treat to read and a nice break from all the non-fiction I read regarding politics.

Way to go, Kristin! Looking forward to your future books!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Line on September 5, 2004
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I started to write a review after reading the excerpt in Glamour magazine, but decided to hold off on judgment until I read the full book. I was not disappointed. This book is hilarious, funny, and friendly. I could easily relate to it through myself or my friends, the lead character suffers from about every neurosis I had ever heard of it and describes everything perfectly. I would recommend it to about anyone...although it is almost like a chick flick in words...it was wonderful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chick-lit fan on September 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Kristen Gore may have a famous dad, but she is a smart girl and hilarious writer who used to pen for the Harvard Lampoon. This book will prove she got published on her abilities alone.

Everyone who likes fun chick-lit novels with loveable heroines will really adore this book- a combo of the single-girl-in-the-city (Milkrun)and my-boss-is difficult (Nanny Diaries) genres. Girls who like the funnier, wittier writes in the genre like Sara Mlynowski and Sophie Kinsella will love this one.

The novel follows Samantha ("Sammy")- an overworked Capitol Hill aide who actually loves her job (a nice change!). The book follows her through the trials for love and loss, all the while straddling funny sub-plots, like how she can't keep her fish alive, or why you should NEVER EVER hit "reply to all" on a Blackberry! All the while she is helping her boss, a Senator, prepare bills and even an upcoming election campaign.

Although Gore is obviously a Democrat, this book never even metions which party Sammy works for. So all politics are removed from the book, and what remains is simply a great story. Sammy is refreshingly flawed and silly, but also free of body-image issues, which is a nice change. I laughed out loud many times, and as a former Cap Hill aide I appreciated it even more. Read this if you love chick-lit!! You won't regret it. And the movie rights have been purchased- can't wait for that release!
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