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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302641
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The sequel to Gore's debut Sammy's Hill (under film development) finds White House aide Samantha "Sammy" Joyce, now in her late 20s and suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, still handling crisis after crisis. Much trusted by now vice-president Robert Gary in her role as health research staffer, Sammy discovers President Wye is secretly drinking again. Then there's the president's father, who, while in a nursing home, may have been sexually accosted by an art teacher—and who dies leaving behind an out-of-wedlock infant. There's also the famous, short movie star, on drugs and with a very large head, who seems to be stalking Sammy. There are camel incidents on a conference trip to India, a reality TV show of the life of the former (and apparently senile) President Pile and possible leaks by a fellow staffer. There are any number of doings with Sammy's nearest and dearest, including highs and lows with Sammy's boyfriend, Washington Post journalist Charlie Lawton. The sense of overload may be intentional, but it's hard not to wish there were less. Still, the book is funny, and the wonk's-eye view of how legislation and trade deals get done (the author is Al Gore's middle daughter) is illuminating, and even inspiring. (July)
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From Booklist

Gore's follow-up to her sparkling debut, Sammy's Hill (2004), finds Sammy Joyce established in the White House as a health-care policy advisor to Vice President Robert Gary. Her party is in power, but the opposition is as fierce as ever, with a group called the Exterminators working to undermine President Wye's every move and a White House insider writing a vicious blog that exposes every controversy going on behind the scenes. Sammy is the first to realize the stress is getting to the president when she discovers that he has mixed whiskey into a glass of soda, a sure sign that the former teetotaler has fallen off the wagon. More serious in tone than her first novel, Gore's second delves more deeply into the political realm Sammy inhabits. But her heroine remains compelling and thoroughly lovable, and readers will be thrilled to find Sammy back in the saddle again as she navigates the treacheries of Washington politics and her own love life. Kristine Huntley
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Regardless, I really liked the book.
Gioia
I found her quirks both a bit over the top, as well as more than a little annoying.
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The main character is quirky and interesting.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kookoo4books on June 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved Sammy's Hill, and didn't imagine that Sammy's House could compare. I do love a pleasant surprise, though, and Sammy's House certainly is one. Full of belly laughs like its predecessor, it's also rich with juicy insights from a real Washington - and White House - insider.

Ms. Gore seems to have pulled quite directly from her own experiences (though I have a feeling that the real day-to-day of the White House, especially these days, might not be quite as funny as Sammy's [White] House). Samantha Joyce manages not only to be save-the-day smart, but made me feel empowered. I mean, if she can accomplish so much in the face of such an astonishing list of neuroses, imagine what I could do if I put my mind to it :)

One warning: don't pick this one up when you don't have much time. "Sammy's House" is a page-turner you won't want to put down. Viva la Sammy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazz on October 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved Sammy's Hill and ran out to buy its sequal the second it hit shelves. Much like the first I loved the character and was drawn into the story ~ K.G. is a superb writer, but I found myself ultimately disappointed. I felt like much of the storyline was similar to the original and was frustrated that the story fit a very similar type of plotline with a somewhat different setting. It made me laugh, it made me mad, but ultimately it made me sad ~ and left an open ending... I can only hope the third (which I assume there will be) is better than Sammy's House. Not what I had been hoping for ~ just not as fresh as its predecessor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on July 23, 2008
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If you loved Sammy's Hill don't hesitate for a second in buying this book. Our heroine returns to navigate us through a new set of political-situations and scandals, this time from the White House. Sammy doesn't spend as much time detailing her neuroses in this book because there is so much going on in her world that she doesn't have time to slow down and ruminate on possible fatal diseases she could contract.

I highly recommend Sammy's House, and will be sure to talk this one up with my friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Winkles on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was just as great as the first. Gore fluently continues the story line from Sammy's Hill through Sammy's House and the characters evolve to show more depth and hilarity. Like Sammy's Hill, I found I couldn't put the book down and devoted my weekend to nonstop reading. Gore has a true talent for laugh-out-loud story telling. This is a sure hit for anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie O. Kimmedy on September 16, 2009
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I found yself relating to Sammy...this author does a great job of creating a character that is just as anxious as the average Joe. This is a great partner book to her book Sammy's Hill. You should definitely buy BOTH books
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By Wendy Kaplan on January 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is SUCH a treat. Wonderful 20-something Samantha "Sammy" Joyce, aide to the Vice President of the United States, was introduced to us in "Sammy's Hill," when her boss was a then-lesislator. The first book was wonderful, but Gore's writing style has smoothed and matured into an easy, unselfconscious style that is easy to read and packs a lot of punch.

In this second in what I hope is a long series, Sammy is working in the West Wing, and the inside informatin of how hard these people work and exactly what they do is fascinating (Gore is the middle daughter of Al Gore and obviously knows of what she speaks). For those who may avoid this book because of negative feelings about Al Gore, please don't. The Administration pictured herein, while probably Democratic, is fairly drawn, and FAR from perfect, as the plot reveals.

As Sammy works hard as pharmaceutical drug/health care informational specialist for her boss, intrigue and upset are swirling in the White House. Is President Wye drinking again? Is he taking a drug banned in the United States? If so, will this affect Sammy's increasingly serious relationship with her boyfriend, a reporter for The Washington Post?

Beneath the lighthearted, often comedic and truly enjoyable plot is a deeper message about responsbility in government, no matter what affiliation, and the pitfalls that can occur with great power.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Miller Thurston on August 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved "Sammy's House" just as much as Kristin Gore's first book, "Sammy's Hill." The quirky main character is delightfully lovable, and the book is often laugh-out-loud funny. A great read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gr8ful VINE VOICE on July 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have to say I liked Sammy's Hill better but this was a wonderful book too. Love your sense of humor. I hope Hollywood can do your books justice.

Thanks for another good book.
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