Mandy’s Blogger Book Club: America, You Sexy Bitch Discussion Post Round Two #MBBCWRW

As many of you know, I am hosting a book club on The Well-Read Wife this summer. The summer Mandy’s Blogger Book Club selection is America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. Click here to read more about the book and the book club. Every couple of weeks until August 15th I am going to post discussions questions focusing on different areas of the book.

How To Participate

Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion in the following ways:

  1. You do not have to respond to all of the questions. You can respond to all of them or choose one. You do not have to participate in the discussion to be a member of Mandy’s Blogger Book Club. This is just a fun side activity.
  2. If you have read the content in America, You Sexy Bitch that the questions cover (pages 32 -134) you may leave a comment on this post and participate in the discussion within the comments section.
  3. You can participate using the #MBBCWRW hashtag on Twitter. I have already seen lots of discussion about the book and Twitter, and I can’t wait to join in myself!
  4. You can write a post responding to one or all of the questions on your own blog. If you link back to this post within your discussion post, I will be happy to list your post in a roundup of America, You Sexy Bitch discussion posts under the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions For America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain

The following questions cover pages 32 – 134 of the book:

  1. In the Las Vegas chapter Michael and Meghan tour the Zappos headquarters.Would you like to work there? Why? Why not?
  2. While in Vegas Micheal, Meghan, and co. go on a strip club tour of Vegas. Michael points out that in Vegas exotic dancers actually pay a fee to the clubs where they work for the opportunity to dance at the clubs. What do you think of this system?
  3.  What did you think of Michael’s sneak attack lap dance from Phoenix?
  4. Towards the end of the Vegas chapter Meghan writes: “”would it be necessary for strip clubs to even exist if there were less rampant repression in this country?” Sexual repression in the U.S., thoughts?
  5. In the Salt Lake City chapter Michael writes the following: “I would prefer that my political leaders practiced their religion however they see fit in private and shut the hell up about it in public.” Agree? Disagree?
  6. In the Austin chapter Meghan’s friend Cargill calls himself a philosophical Republican and says that he does not support any of the current Republican candidates. Cargill remarks that he will probably vote for the president in the next election. Michael writes. “Yet he would never call himself a Democrat.” Do you agree with Michael that people are afraid of being labeled a “liberal” or a “Democrat”? Do you think people are also just as afraid of being labeled “conservative”?
  7. Cousin John. Discuss.
  8. In New Orleans, Meghan and Michael argue about health care. Whose side are you on? Meghan? Michael? Neither?
  9. Meghan and Michael smoke marijuana during one of their nights out in New Orleans. Meghan even writes that she believes marijuana should be legal. Do you agree? Disagree?
  10. Were you surprised that Meghan, a Republican thinks marijuana should be legalized?
  11. What are your thoughts concerning the section in the New Orleans chapter where Meghan writes about her tour of the Lower Ninth Ward?

I tried to list a wide variety of questions so I could give everyone a lot of options for discussion. If you leave a comment below, please note which question your responding to. While it’s perfectly okay to disagree with someone’s response, please be respectful in doing so. I will have a Mandy’s Bloggers Book Club Discussion Posts button at the top of my right sidebar so it will be easy to find this post. If you write a post responding to the discussion questions on your blog and link to this post within the blog post, please leave a link in the comments section, so I can include it in the discussion post round up. The official book review linky will is up now. Click here to link up your review of America, You Sexy Bitch. Click here to go to the official America, You Sexy Bitch (published by DaCapo Press) website.

Happy Reading!

Discussion Post Round Up:

Mandy’s Blogger Book Club Link Up: America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain

It’s Link Up Time!

It’s time to begin linking up everyone’s reviews of America, You Sexy Bitch (published by DaCapo Press)by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. I’ve enjoyed reading all of the discussion posts that have been rolling in. Whether you agree with one of the authors, both of the authors, or neither of them, your answers to the questions and perspectives regarding the book in general have been fascinating to read. I feel humbled to count myself among such a great bunch of bloggers!

If you have a blog, feel free to link up your review of America, You Sexy Bitch below. You are welcome to participate even if you didn’t receive a free copy of the book from me. Please remember to link back to this post at the beginning or end of your review, so everyone can join in the fun and read the posted reviews. I have a feeling with election season coming up everyone will have a very interesting take on this one! I will post the second set of discussion questions on Friday, July 27th. Please have your reviews posted in the linky below by August 15th if you are one of the 47 bloggers that received a free copy. If you discuss Mandy’s Blogger Book Club and/or America, You Sexy Bitch on Twitter, be sure to use the #MBBCWRW hashtag.

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Mandy’s Blogger Book Club: America, You Sexy Bitch Discussion Post (1)

As many of you know, I am hosting a book club on The Well-Read Wife this summer. The summer Mandy’s Blogger Book Club selection is America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain. Click here to read more about the book and the book club. Every couple of weeks until August 15th I am going to post discussions questions focusing on different areas of the book.

How To Participate

Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion in the following ways:

  1. You do not have to respond to all of the questions. You can respond to all of them or choose one. You do not have to participate in the discussion to be a member of Mandy’s Blogger Book Club. This is just a fun side activity.
  2. If you have read the content in America, You Sexy Bitch that the questions cover (pages 1-31) you may leave a comment on this post and participate in the discussion within the comments section.
  3. You can participate using the #MBBCWRW hashtag on Twitter. I have already seen lots of discussion about the book and Twitter, and I can’t wait to join in myself!
  4. You can write a post responding to one or all of the questions on your own blog. If you link back to this post within your discussion post, I will be happy to list your post in a roundup of America, You Sexy Bitch discussion posts under the discussion questions. (BTW, I have already seen some great posts about the book club! I plan to post a round up of those sometime next week. If you have written a post about the club in general, please email it to me at wellreadwife [at] gmail [dot] com. Even if I’ve left a comment on it, please email it to me. I am very absentminded lately, and I don’t want to leave anyone out.)

Discussion Questions For America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain

The following questions cover pages 1-31 of the book:

  1. On page 1 Michael says he feels like America as a nation has lost sight of our “mission statement.” What do you think America’s mission statement should be? Try your hand at writing one!
  2. Michael’s Crocs? Hot or not?
  3. Were you surprised that the McCain’s Sedona cabins were what many would consider modest?
  4. On guns: Meghan says on pg. 18 “One of the things I was most surprised about when I first moved to New York City was the strange and almost visceral anger a lot of East Coast people have towards both guns and the protection of Second Amendment Rights.” Meghan also says on (page 19) she feels like more restrictions should be placed on just who is able to obtains certain types of firearms. Michael says on page 20, “It seems that we’re more selective about who gets a LinkedIn invitation than we are about the people we let buy firearms.” How do you feel the topic of gun control was handled in the book? How do you feel about guns and gun control in general? Have you ever fired a “zombie killer”?
  5. How do you feel about the disagreement Meghan and Michael have in the bar on the fourth of July? “Freedom Doesn’t Come Free” – Trite or Right?

I tried to list at least five questions so I could give everyone a lot of options for discussion. If you leave a comment below, please note which question your responding to. While it’s perfectly okay to disagree with someone’s response, please be respectful in doing so. I’m going to put up my own response on the blog sometime this week, and I’ll be hanging out in the comments section. I will have a Mandy’s Bloggers Book Club Discussion Posts button at the top of my right sidebar so it will be easy to find this post. The official book review linky will go up on July 20th. Click here to go to the official America, You Sexy Bitch (published by DaCapo Press) website.

Happy Reading!

Discussion Post Round Up:

My Random Thoughts

Txting Mr. Darcy

Tying Molecular Knots

Stacy’s Books

Jennifer Baker

A Worn Path

If you have written a discussion post, leave a comment on this post with the link, I’ll make sure it’s added!

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#BookExpo Buzz: 7 Books That Caught The Well-Read Wife’s Eye At Book Expo America

This year Book Expo America was quite a different experience for me. Last year I lacked contacts, so I really thought I needed ARCs. Also, I think I placed more importance on ARCs than necessary at this time last year. Now I have contacts, so I really just wanted to give my PR reps lots of hugs and hear about what books each publisher thought I might enjoy. I stood in exactly two and a half lines to get books signed. I am not even going to get into the “and a half” part other than to say “Two And A Half Lines” sounds like a bad BEA or possibly drug related sitcom.  Over the next week or two, I will be posting about the books that caught my eye at BEA Bloggers, Book Expo America, and at the bookish events I attended. Consider this part two of three posts containing books that caught my eye during the festivities. Some of the books are upcoming releases for this Fall and others have been out for a while. The following are books that grabbed my attention at Book Expo America:

The first two books are the ones I was most excited about getting my grubby, little hands on, and I stood in line to get them signed by the authors. Both of the books are published by Da Capo. I’m not quite sure what is in the water over at Da Capo. I imagine it’s maybe crushed up ecstasy or cherry flavored Kool Aid, because they are producing some awesome books. And by awesome books I mean the two I stood in line for. The other books in this list are in no particular order of how excited I am to read them or anything like that. I am much too lazy right now to rank my excitement in any way other than giving a really worn out thumbs up to all of them. Don’t forget! I’ll be posting about even more books that caught my attention in a third post based on book buzz at parties I attended hosted by HarperCollins, Random House, and Penguin.

With Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain

America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain If you are a regular reader it will come as no surprise that I was looking forward to snagging a copy of this book. I recently hosted Michael Ian Black Week here on the blog, and I am a huge fan of his. Click here to see the posts from MIB Week. Also, America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom (352 pages, Available June 12, 2012 from Da Capo Press) is the inaugural selection for Mandy’s Blogger Book Club.  America, You Sexy Bitch is a humorous memoir written by Michael Ian Black (A democrat) and Meghan McCain (a republican) that documents their travels  across America in an RV for a month. During their road trip they address lots of issues that are increasingly important to a country that is becoming more politically divided by the day. I believe I am going to enjoy this book so much I ordered 50 copies of it for the blogger book club.

 

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin (AKA Andrew Shaffer) Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (224 pages, Available July 31st from Da Capo Press) was the other book I was looking forward to getting a copy of at BEA, and it did not disappoint. I devoured this book on the plane ride home and have read multiple parts of it over and over again. I’ve even pre-ordered copies for all of my friends who just finished the Fifty Shades trilogy. There will probably be a Fifty Shames book club night at my house sometime in August. There would be a picture of Nate (my husband), Andrew and I at the signing to the left instead of the cover art, but Nate and Andrew both blinked in the picture. (Maybe I should put it up anyway? haha) I have already reviewed Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. Click here to read the review. Warning: There is a picture of me dressed like Snookie in it.

Other Books I learned About At BEA And Am Looking Forward To Reading:

When It Happens To You: A Novel In Stories by Molly Ringwald I was really excited to hear one of my favorite actresses has a book coming out this September. When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories (256 pages, Available in September from It Books) is a collection of interlinked stories that follow a community of friends and family in Los Angeles. The subject matter of each of the stories sounds fascinating. Especially the story titled “Ursa Minor” about “a former children’s television star who tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for exhaustion.”


This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
I had the pleasure of seeing  Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz speak at the Adult Book and Author Breakfast on day one of BEA. I can’t put into words how wonderful it was to hear him speak. I was basically nodding my head in agreement and elbowing my husband during his entire speech. Listening to Diaz contemplate love and passion and how it affects men who have been taught not to show they care with regards to the plot of his latest novel This Is How You Lose Her (224 pages, Available in September from Riverhead) was enough to melt the heart of every female in the room. I quickly read the sample chapter and have already pre-ordered a copy of This Is How You Lose Her. I am quite literally waiting by my mailbox for this one! (Pictured at left: Me with Junot Diaz.)

 The Art Of Procrastination: A Guide To Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing By John Perry The Art of Procrastination appeals to me for one very big reason: I am the QUEEN of procrastination! Also, I have been in the mood for some quirky nonfiction, so this was exactly the kind of thing I am looking to read lately. John Perry is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. According to the back of the book, he actually wrote The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, Including an Ingenious Program for Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off (112 pages, Available in September from Workman) when he should have been grading papers. I think I’ll start this one now! Or maybe I’ll put it off til later…

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters I loved Ben H. Winters’s last book Bedbugs. It was one of my favorite books of 2011. So, I am thrilled that he has a new book coming out! The Last Policeman: A Novel (288 pages, Avaiable July 10th from Quirk Books) is the first book in a trilogy about a detective who is one of the few people still working in the face of an oncoming disaster: an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. In the midst of chaos he is trying to solve a mystery surrounding a suicide he believes is murder.

The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow This book actually came out in 2010, but I learned about it from Debra, Algonquin’s fabulous online marketing manager. I was told The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (272 pages, Published by Algonquin Books) deals with “society’s ideas of race and class” and would appeal to readers who enjoyed When She Woke by Hilary Jordan. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is also a Bellwether Prize winner. This is why I love BEA. I not only discover new releases, but I also find out about older releases that I was unfamiliar with prior to the expo.

BEA attendees, what books caught your eye on the expo floor? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Mandy’s Blogger Book Club: 50 Free Copies Announcement

The following is the list of bloggers who are going to receive a copy of America, You Sexy Bitch (published by Da Capo) by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain from me! Be sure to check out their blogs.:) Note: The List is only 46 bloggers long. I am waiting to hear back from a couple of people & I have two spots one spot open (a couple of people tried to sneak in w/no blog or tumblr. haha). Next blogger willing to comply with the book club rules to leave a comment under this post indicating they wish to participate will receive a free copy of America, You Sexy Bitch. Bloggers are more than welcome to participate in the book club even if you don’t receive a copy of the book from me. Click here to see how you can participate. I will post the official Mandy’s Blogger Book Club link up page on July 20th. If you are receiving a free copy from me, please have your review posted by August 15th. Click here to purchase a copy of America, You Sexy Bitch from Amazon.

The first America, You Sexy Bitch discussion post will be posted around July 10th. Everyone is welcome to participate in that as well. More details to come.

If you are a blogger receiving a free copy and feel like tweeting a picture of yourself with America, You Sexy Bitch at me, I’ll post the funniest pictures on the site.  I’m @wellreadwife on Twitter. It should take about a week from today (6/18/12) to get the book if you are in the U.S. If you are international, it should also hopefully take about a week. In two weeks if you haven’t received the book, please email and let me know at wellreadwife [at] gmail [dot] com. I emailed some of you for a mailing address, because I was missing information on the form. So, check your email.:)

The bloggers receiving free copies are listed in order of sign up:

Summer – Sicker Than Others

Cindy – The Reedster Speaks

Nina – Nina Post

Taylor – Hot Little Moose

Eric – Aim Somewhere

Joseph – My Life and What I See

Jes – Becoming Less of Jes

Brandi – Young, Fabulous and Broke

Michelle – The Adirondack Chick

Elijah – Elijah Sarkesian

Brooke – Txting Mr Darcy

Jimi – From The Cheap Seats

Nancy – Nancy’s Book Blog

John – Raleigh Political Buzz Examiner

Lois – A Bluestocking’s Place

Chris – Skinned Knees in Short Pants

Christine – The Snarky Lawyer

Melanie – Is this The Middle?

Jennifer – Mommy’s Reading Too…

Katey – Blog-Like Couture

Rebekah – The Real Rebekah

Natasja – Catling Scribbles

Jenny – Bible Belt To Boulder

Jennifer – Try This Trick and Spin It

Alexandra – Political Views of A Standard Citizen

Lindsay – LindsayInNYC

Charlene – Tying Molecular Knots

Megan – The Bitchy Stitcher

Kristina –Ladybug Storytime

Stephanie – A Book In Hand

Tiffany – Final-Distance

Jose – My Random Thoughts

Stacy – Stacy’s Books

Alissa – Ketchup With The Frys

Courtney – Forever Is Just A Heartbeat Away

Jennifer – Literate Housewife

Nikki – Pittsburgh Books Examiner

Poof Books

Deborah – Deborah’s Journal

Carrie – Wildcat’s Wife

Elizabeth – I Should Have Been A Pirate

Becky – BiblioGnome

Brahm – Alfred Lives Here

Joanna – A Worn Path

Rhonda – Rhonda’s Doings!

Lauren – Shooting Stars Mag

Michelle – LA Law Girl

 

I am very excited to read America, You Sexy Bitch along with everyone. I think this is going to be a great opportunity to discuss the political climate in the U.S. from all sides of the political spectrum.

Note to self: Purchase “Uncle Sam” hat.

 

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