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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 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, 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 attention 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 half of the 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 half of the audience sat stone faced, often with arms crossed and eyes darting right and left, apparently waiting for a chance to sneak out of the room.All this is to say that I read No Way to Treat a First Lady, laughing all the way and maybe you won t Whenever as a child I told my mother that something was funny, she would ask, Funny ha ha, or funny strange Well, this one is a little of both No Way to Treat a First Lady tells the tale of a philandering President and a long suffering wife who has, apparently, murdered him in his sleep See what I mean Christopher Buckley s humor is grounded in such situations, not too many steps removed from reality Don t get me wrong The leading characters in this novel in no way resemble two recent residents of the White House And the supporting cast would be a better fit in a Marx Brothers film than in today s Washington, DC the best criminal defense lawyer money can buy, who incidentally was the jilted law school lover of the First Lady a blonde Court TV superstar, who is the current, much younger squeeze of the self important defense lawyer bumbling rival trial attorneys and a motley assortment of FBI and Secret Service agents and White House hangers on Even so, you can practically see them behind today s headlines.I won t spoil the story by summarizing the plot, which is deliciously complex and as full of surprises as a best selling thriller You deserve the chance to discover it on your own.Forewarned, then, that I think Christopher Buckley is one of the funniest writers currently walking the planet, I commend you to my previous reviews of his books Little Green Men, Florence of Arabia, The White House Mess, and They Eat Puppies, Don t They If you read or have read these reviews, you know that I don t think they re all equally good Florence of Arabia, for example, was just a little too real for me.Pretty soon I m going to run out of Buckley s books, and I ll just have to start reading them all over again 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 picked thi 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 picked this up at my grandmother s suggestion earlier this year and was pleased to have done so The story pulls you along quickly, the surroundings are peppered with my familiar D.C scenery, and if the characters aren t always likable, they do seem realistic You end up rooting for Beth and Boyce to solve things quickly and to sort out their various entanglements Plus the secondary characters, which include Babette Van Anka, the president s paramour and a former B grade singer actress, are laugh out loud worthy.Want to read a book that epitomizes the 90s, that combines the media circuses of the O.J trial and the Monica Lewinsky scandal This is the tale for you.Buckley also wrote Thank You for Smoking, a hilarious parody of D.C lobbyists, which I saw on film a few years back 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.

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