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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461028590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461028598
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,949,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DWMcGuff on May 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
While Kat Nove and Jeni Decker did not have a hand in writing the recent movie "Bridesmaids" they very well could have. This book serves much the same purpose: To prove that women can be just as raunchy, inappropriate, and hilarious as any man can be. They manage to mix this low-brow humor with high-brow political and cultural satire. These two brows mixed together produce a result I can only refer to as - Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-esque (A raised eyebrow).

The scathing tone the authors take with the conservative politicians in question is made more than palatable, because of their self-effacing sense of humor. It can't be offensive if they are willing to drag themselves through their own sassy, sarcastic filter as well. And believe you me, the authors pull no punches. Whether it be declaring the past presidential regime the third circle of hell, thoroughly discussing their bowel movements and hemorroidal issues, laying into Texans and rednecks, or sharing every physical shortcoming age and body type has heaped upon them, you'll have to hide behind the book as you receive disapproving glances from people as you guffaw in public.

The authors, Kat Nove and Jeni Decker, sing in perfect harmony throughout the book. Each voice is distinct enough that you always know who is talking, and can identify with each, but their sense of humor and perspective on all things earlier discussed has enough in common that it never feels disjointed between their chapters. Each one shamelessly discusses their loathing of their home and work life, and each makes no attempt to veil their self-promotion and endless plugs (which are deserved).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Gallo on August 11, 2011
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Satire is difficult and this one slams it out of the park. Nove and Decker (sounds like a technology firm) poke fun at each other while they rip into American contemporary culture, especially as it affects women. With their levels of experience in the working world and at home (children, partners, interior decorating) they can go where no man can. This sort of cultural analysis has a long history, including ancient Irish epics, Spanish novels like Don Quixote, folklore from the American south (Rayna Green's 'He Done it With a Bucket" comes to mind) and then there's James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake which has footnotes a lot like the sort Nove uses on her pages. Joyce is in the tradition that started with ancient Irish epics, a form of burlesque epic that uses exaggeration and mockery to attain its result. So I would categorize Waiting for Karl Rove as in that long tradition of hilarious satire. Outrageous, offensive, daring, political, feminist in a daring way. Nothing is considered out of bounds. Not hemorrhoids, nor bodily functions. When Decker describes her performance in a strip joint, a cross between clowning and showing what an absurd act it really is, you have to hold your ribs until it's over. When she gets herself some pot to calm her nerves, it's not exactly like going out to fill a prescription. The only criticism I have is that they go to extremes usually but that's what burlesque epic is all about. When two women can join forces and write something hilarious about contemporary politics in America, it should be a Pulitzer Prize at least.
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I laughed so hard while reading this book, I nearly wet myself! Where do I start? With the arrival at the airport of Kat and pal? Or the hysterical goings on during Jeni's flight to meet Kat? Perhaps with the "geriatric weasel Murdock?"

There aren't many novels on the market today which are downright funny, outrageous and politically un-correct (I swear that's a word) but this is one! Kat and Jeni together are a rip-roaring writing duo whose novels need to be read. I am Australian, but having been inundated for many years by American TV sitcoms, could easily understand most of the references to jelly-livered politicians and some wash-board abbed sportsmen.

A fantastic road trip and next time I can only hope they will come to Australia to do one so I can ride behind them, poke fun and hold the camera so that Jeni's hands are free to cause even more mayhem LOL

Crikey, I will even promise to bail them out of gaol :)
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I loved this book. Whenever I am asked if I have a favorite book I say no because there are so many I love. Now I have a book I can call a favorite. Reading Waiting for Karl Rove you will feel right there with Kat and Jeni. This book will make you call up your best friend and rope her into a road trip, (even if she did set your hair on fire - she apologized). You will laugh so hard you may tinkle, (if you are prone to this, wear Depends or put one of those puppy training mats under you). Carve out a block of time, and order food because once you start the trip you will not want to stop. This book will be the most fun you have had on the road, (with the bonus of not getting lost, sleeping in the Bates Motel, eating bad food or getting tasered and being hauled off to the pokey).
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This is a rollicking, rowdy, laugh out loud irreverant book. I highy recommend it to other readers who enjoy poking the likes of Karl Rove in the eye with a sharp pen. Come on, he deserves it, you know it and Kat and Jeni are just the girls to do it up right. I love the tag team approach to writing a road trip memoir. Both of these gals are hilarious wordsmiths. This is a woo-hoo wild ride, sinking the spurs into "douchbaggery" guys who brought us wars we don't need and deficits we can't seem to get away from. Let's at least have a great laugh at their expense and hope their next attempt is on Dick Cheney.
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