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Sammy's House Hardcover – June 27, 2007
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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
I was half way through the book when I realized that the author must really be familiar with the Whitehouse. Then the author's name made me think. So I Googled Kristin Gore. Al Gore's daughter.
I highly recommend Sammy's House, and will be sure to talk this one up with my friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a book on CD that I purchased used from a library source through Amazon - I like to listen to books while I drive and the new ones are crazy expensive, but used ones are... Read morePublished on September 28, 2014 by Barbara L. Hammonds
As a handful of other reviewers mentioned here, I just didn't like Sammy's House as much as Sammy's Hill. Not even close. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by K. Caldwell
Great read. I was a little afraid it would be like reading Margaret Truman novels boring trips through what she ate ... Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Beth Beggs
Author, Kristin Gore (the real-life daughter of former Vice President, Al Gore), provides us with a fictional insiders perspective of the White House. Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Neville Samuels
This book is just as good as the first. Very entertaining and hilarious. Great if you're into politics and classic chick-lits.Published on August 27, 2010 by Lindsay
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. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Jackie O. Kimmedy
While this book is not a bad read, it will be a disappointment to those who love Sammy and wanted to hear more about her hilarious exploits. Read morePublished on October 5, 2008 by Bathtub reader