In her long-awaited new collection, the Colt Peacekeeper of American political
humor draws a bead on targets that range from the Libido-in-Chief to Newt
Gingrich, campaign funny-money to the legislative lunacy of her native Texas--and
hits a bull's-eye every time.
Whether she's writing about Bill Clinton ("The Rodney Dangerfield of
presidents"), Bob Dole ("Dole contributed perhaps the funniest line of the year
with his immortal observation that tobacco is not addictive but that too much
milk might be bad for us. The check from the dairy lobby must have been late
that week"), or cultural trends ("I saw a restaurant in Seattle that specialized
in latte and barbecue. Barbecue and latte. I came home immediately"), Molly
takes on the issues of the day with her trademark good sense and inimitable wit.
About Molly Ivins
Molly Ivins began her career in journalism as
the complaint department of the Houston Chronicle.
In 1970, she became co-editor of The Texas Observer,
which afforded her frequent fits of hysterical
laughter while covering Texas legislature. In 1976,
Ivins joined The New York Times as a political
reporter. The next year, she was named Rocky
Mountain Bureau Chief, chiefly because there was
no one else in the bureau. In 1982, she returned once
more to Texas, which may have indicated a masochistic
streak, and always had plenty to write about after that.
Her column was syndicated in more than three hundred
newspapers, and her freelance work
appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The
New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and Harper's,
and other publications. Her first book, Molly
Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?, spent more than a
year on the New York Times bestseller list. Her
books with Lou Dubose on George W. Bush--
Shrub, Bushwhacked, and Who Let the Dogs In?--
were national bestsellers. A three-time Pulitzer Prize
finalist, she claimed that her two greatest honors were that
the Minneapolis police force named its mascot pig
after her and that she was once banned from the
campus of Texas A&M. Molly Ivins died in the Winter of 2007.
"Acerbic, down-home...Ivins is surely one of the nation's most adroit political commentators." --People
"Punctures everything from the liberal conscience to Texas culture to media ethics." --Chicago Tribune
"Fearless and funny." --Atlanta Journal & Constitution