Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

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President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her -- Judge Pepper Cartwright, the star of the nation's most popular reality show, Courtroom Six.

Will Pepper, a straight-talking Texan, survive a confirmation battle in the Senate? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? And even if she can make it to the Supreme Court, how will she get along with her eight highly skeptical colleagues, including a floundering Chief Justice who, after legalizing gay marriage, learns that his wife has left him for another woman.


Soon, Pepper finds herself in the middle of a constitutional crisis, a presidential reelection campaign that the president is determined to lose, and oral arguments of a romantic nature. Supreme Courtship is another classic Christopher Buckley comedy about the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule.
 

About Christopher Buckley

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Christopher Buckley, "the quintessential political novelist of his time" according to Fortune magazine, is the winner of the distinguished ninth annual Thurber Prize for American Humor. Tom Wolfe has described him as "one of the funniest writers in the English language." Buckley is the author of twelve books, many of them national bestsellers, including Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, No Way To Treat A First Lady, Florence of Arabia, and the memoir Losing Mum and Pup.
 
Published September 7, 2009 by Twelve. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She also becomes estranged from her husband, a reality-show producer, and involved with the chief justice, whose wife left him for a woman immediately after the court sanctioned gay marriage.

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An anomalously funny thing happened to Christopher Buckley on his way to the “Supreme Courtship”: nothing funny occurred to him.

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In Christopher Buckley’s new novel, the fun begins when a popular TV judge is appointed to the Supreme Court.

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Examiner

He manages to include not only the TV judge, but a Supreme Court justice whose wife leaves him for another woman after he votes to legalize gay marriage, a reality TV show producer (Pepper's husband) always on the look-out for the next bizarre hit, and a senator who takes a role on a TV show so t...

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Book Reporter

Our national obsession with legal matters serves as the backdrop for SUPREME COURTSHIP, Christopher Buckley’s wry and occasionally humorous take on national politics viewed through the prism of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Christian Science Monitor

His newest work, Supreme Courtship, is both better than and not as good as his previous works.

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Huffington Post

A beautiful, spunky TV judge is named to the Supreme Court by an unpopular President and ends up having to decide the fate of the nation.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Brian Carney Washington Post 4 of 5 Stars "While the insight isn’t exactly original, Buckley has some serious fun with his very-close-to-real-life Supreme Court.

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Monsters and Critics

President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court.

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Austin Chronicle

There is no doubt that the setup is clever and promising: U.S. President Donald Vanderdamp is pissed with Congress – and, in particular, he's having issues with a single senator, Dexter Mitchell, who wishes he were president and who, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is dead set on bloc...

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In a move that might click or backfire, the President announces a radical appointment to the post: Judge Pepper Cartwright, the most popular face of America, the judge of a reality show by the name Courtroom Six (Is Buckley spoofing Judge Judy or am I reading to much into it, you please decide).

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