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No Way to Treat a First Lady Christopher Buckley Is Not So Much A Novelist As A Free Ranging Satirist Looking For Targets In Thank You For Smoking It Was Big Tobacco And Earnest Reformers In God Is My Broker It Was Business And Religion And In No Way To Treat A First Lady, It S The Entire Legal Profession, Not To Mention The Washington Establishment The Novel Opens With The President Of The United States Returning To The Conjugal Bed After An Illicit Lincoln Bedroom Romp With The Streisandesque Babette Van Anka His Wife, The Long Suffering Beth McMann, Promptly Clocks Him With A Paul Revere Spittoon Several Hours Later He Dies Lady Bethmac, As The First Lady Is Immediately Dubbed By The Media, Is Put On Trial, And The Resulting Media Circus Gives Buckley Lots Of Opportunity For Nicely Observed Skewerings Of Legal Culture Judge Dutch Creaked Forward In His Chair This Is The Source Of The Aura Of Judges They Have Bigger Chairs Than Anyone Else That And The Fact That They Can Sentence People To Sit In Electrified Ones It S All About Chairs He Gets In Some Neat Neologisms A Lawyer Performs A Credibilobotomy On A Witness And Sends Up The Pretensions Of Law TV At A Roundtable Discussion, The Guest From Harvard Law Is Invited To Provide Gravitas And To Shift Uneasily In His Seat When The Other Guests Said Something Provocative Buckley S Trial Of The Millennium Is So Far Fetched That It Seems Entirely PossibleClaire Dederer



10 thoughts on “No Way to Treat a First Lady

  1. says:

    Funny Ha Ha, and Funny StrangeHumor is a funny thing Not long ago I introduced Christopher Buckley to an audience of about 100 people in Berkeley No, I didn t go to Yale with him This was solely on the strength of having given favorable reviews to several of his novels Buckley spoke off the cuff rather than read from his writing, and I found him hilarious So did about half the audience Some seemed to be on the verge of falling off their chairs from time to time But the other hal


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    When you re the First Lady and charged with murder, to whom do you turn In the case of Beth MacMann, you call up your law school sparring partner, Boyce Baylor, now a sleazy but successful celebrity attorney whom you last saw when you jilted him for the man who d become your husband When sparks still fly as you work together to unravel the President s death, is there any doubt that eventually you ll find yourself fighting not just for your life but also for a second chance at love I


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    I generally like Buckley s books, but he s now hit or miss with me NWTFL is mostly a miss While the cynical parody of the judicial system is entertaining enough, the characters are repulsive enough to hold the story at arm s length And as for the resolution, a great disappointment Read it for light nonsense with a chuckle or two Or read my first and still favorite, Boomsday.


  4. says:

    Just a pass time really Basically a beach book, or if you re in DC, a bar book If a woman had written it, they d call it chick lit Dick lit, I guess.


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    THE GREAT COMPLETIST CHALLENGE In which I revisit older authors and attempt to read every book they ever wroteCurrently in the challenge Martin Amis Isaac Asimov Robot Empire Foundation Margaret Atwood JG Ballard Christopher Buckley Philip K Dick Daphne Du Maurier Michel Houellebecq John Irving Kazuo Ishiguro Shirley Jackson Bernard Malamud VS Naipaul Tim Powers Philip Roth John Updike Kurt VonnegutBetween his uproariously dark literary debut, 1994 s lobbyist THE GREAT COMPLETIST CHALLENGE In w


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    As the political atmosphere seems to get worse and worse by the day, it feels almost quaint to recall the late 1990 s and early 2000 s Bill and Hillary Bob Dole W Al Gore Novelist Christopher Buckley does an excellent job conjuring up that era in his 2002 novel No Way to Treat a First Lady In the novel, First Lady Elizabeth Tyler MacMann wakes up to find a dead president next to her in bed The evening before, the couple had quarreled over the President s late night visit to the Lincoln Be As the po


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    My review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002 First lady might be a murdererReviewed by Steve KettmannSunday, October 13, 2002No Way to Treat a First Lady By Christopher Buckley RANDOM HOUSE 288 PAGES 24.95 Skewering Washington political culture with hilarious, over the top novels has always been a tough job, but it got a lot tougher during our long national obsession with Bill Clinton and the sordid My review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2002 First lady might be a murdererR


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    This was hilarious until Shameless became a little too besotted with the former First Lady I still laughed a lot at the shenanigans, but not as much as the first half I expected it to be boring but that it was decidedly not Weirdly, this world has both Hillary Clinton and Lady Bethmac It also has both O J Simpson and a J J Bronco who is clearly meant to be O J.


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    Fun


  10. says:

    A fun thing to read, especially for those of us who despise most lawyers, politicians, and media personalities Buckley makes skillful fun out of making these characters in his book about as unlikable as possible It dealt with sex quite a bit, but we Americans are becoming used to having that as a part of our presidential politics Not recommended for those who would rather not read something slightly off color But it really is humorous throughout, and though not gripping, the plot did keep my A fun thing to read, e


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About the Author: Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1976 He shipped out in the Merchant Marine and at age 24 became managing editor of Esquire magazine At age 29, he became chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W Bush Since 1989 he has been founder and editor in chief of Forbes Life magazine Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation. He is the author of twelve books, most of them national bestsellers They include The White House Mess, Wet Work, Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, Little Green Men, No Way To Treat a First Lady, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday and Supreme Courtship Mr Buckley has contributed over 60 comic essays to The New Yorker magazine His journalism, satire and criticism has been widely published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Washington Monthly, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, and other publications He is the recipient of the 2002 Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence In 2004 he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor.