(Photo by Cal Schrotenboer: Markos speaks to a packed room at Books Inc. in Berkeley.)
(Photo by Cal Schrotenboer: Eli and I enjoy Papi’s talk at Books Inc. in Berkeley.)
As I am sure you have all heard on the blogosphere — or Fox News. Ha! — DH just wrote his third, and probably most controversial book yet, American Taliban. Being the wife has its perks, including getting to read a copy before it hits the bookstands.
I know that the title is off-putting, but like the many folks who blurbed the book, including Roger Ebert, Rachel Maddow, and Janeane Garofalo, I think there is some good stuff and it’s his strongest book yet. It is a short, accessible and entertaining read with a host of colorful characters that not even I, a news junky, had heard of, like, the folks at the Conservative Bible Project who are ridding the Holy Book of “liberal bias.” You know, the actual Christian parts of the bible.
Or, Shawna Forde, a former member of illegal immigrant vigilante group the Minute Men, who killed a 9-year-old girl and her family because she thought they were undocumented and had drugs. No drugs were found in their home, by the way.
It’s been disappointing to read reviews by liberals who don’t want to stoop down to the level of conservatives like Ann Coulter, who have no qualms writing books about the liberal crazies. But that is exactly the point of this book: no one has done it to conservatives, and as you all know, DH is not afraid to stick his neck out. I, for one, relished every story, which was hilariously put together and deliciously laced with profanity. (Again, only DH.)
The kids and I attended his book signing in Berkeley, our hometown, which was packed with 50 people. The bookstore had only 20 copies of the book and had to order more. I attended another well-attended signing in San Francisco on Friday. It’s always fun to meet the fans!
This is just a random post with gratuitous photos so feel free to discuss what you’d wish. And, of course, if you’d like to pick up a good and quick political read or piss off your conservative in-laws, American Taliban is a hoot.