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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: #5,757,221 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
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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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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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By Hans B. Smith on February 10, 2013
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If we can at least agree that God created both artists AND appreciators, that we can't have one without the other, and not being blessed/cursed with the entirely skewed world view of the ladies Nove and Decker, I'm reduced to saying that I found this volume highly entertaining, no coercion necessary, cross my heart. Simply put, I can't do it, but I get it, which must make me an appreciator. KR might grudgingly agree.
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A wildly amusing road trip with two crazy women, written by two authors that had never met. If you are a publisher, agent, politician, talk show host, actor, actress, or a neighbor or family member of either of these women, you're probably in the book. From hemorrhoid care to menopausal blues, Jeni and Kat have it covered, and every scene is laugh out loud funny.
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By MLP on September 6, 2012
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an economically-priced electronic book, very humorous and a good read. I have enjoyed it and would suggest it to anyone who enjoyed Lunatics.
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By B. Callahan on June 4, 2012
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Not as funny as Jeni Decker's other book I WISH I WERE ENGULFED IN FLAMES. This was like areading about a trip taken by two middle schoolers. Lots of private jokes, drinking, and no Karl Rove. I was unable to finish the book.
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