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Still Not Over Veep? Check Out These 7 Books

by  | May 22

Selina Meyer wasn’t the first woman president we wanted, but she certainly thought she was the one we deserved. With HBO’s Veep coming to a hilarious and fitting end, it’s important to remember that there is always humor to be found in the absurdity and frustration of the never-ending cycle of politics in this country. From podcasts to Netflix docs to our TBR piles, there’s no shortage of political content to help us fill the void Veep leaves in our lives. Selina Meyer was deeply problematic, but we loved her and her wildly incompetent team anyway; this list has books for all types of Veep watchers, from those praying for her not to fail, just once, to those loving the hilarity of the cast’s antics and general inability to function.

I hope you enjoy these recommendations. As President Meyer once said, “The level of incompetence is astounding.” Just hopefully not on this list.

The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You

The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You

by Lydia Fenet

In the final season of the show, Amy Brookheimer is seen lounging in her hotel room reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. Amy may have found great advice in the bestselling women’s business book, and definitely would benefit from Lydia Fenet’s powerhouse of a book, The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You. The book offers great advice and practical tactics from the global head of partnerships at Christie’s Auction House. Fenet is an expert at building confidence and utilizing her power—and all women can benefit from her expertise.

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The Mueller Report

The Mueller Report

by The Washington Post

The Mueller Report is not a comedy—at least I don’t think it is. It’s hard to tell with all the redactions, so you never know. But, it documents one of the largest political scandals in history, and would definitely have given Selina great joy if she could have used all that information against her opponents. The Mueller Report is one of the most important documents of the Trump presidency, and we are likely to continue experiencing the consequences of it for years and elections to come.

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Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

by Alyssa Mastromonaco

This honest, funny, and biting memoir by Alyssa Mastromonaco details her life and work in the Obama administration as deputy chief of staff. Not only is this a hilarious take on one of the most important jobs in the world, but it also offers an important perspective on being a young woman working in a tough field, and being comfortable in your own skin all the way. Mastromonaco doesn’t hold back, and takes the reader on the wild ride of her White House years, offering insight along the way.

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Whose Boat Is This Boat?

Whose Boat Is This Boat?

by The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

This picture book is made up entirely of quotes from President Trump after Hurricane Florence in September 2018. The quotes in the context of disaster shouldn’t be funny—but if Veep taught us anything, it’s that sometimes we have to laugh at the sheer level of absurdity involved in politics. The book is a quick read, with illustrations that match the unbelievably illogical nature of the quotes. Read, laugh, and cringe.

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Feminasty

Feminasty

by Erin Gibson

Though Selina Meyer has a winner-take-all view of feminism, where she, specifically, is the only winner and only one worthy of winning, Erin Gibson welcomes all into her mission of smashing the patriarchy. Known for her podcast, Throwing Shade, Gibson’s collection of essays and commentary expertly calls out all the systems keeping women down, and invites women to laugh, cry, and rage with her.

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Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

by Larry Beinhart

This classic black comedy explores the scheme of a dying GOP chairman, who plots to install a candidate into office as president, using the most powerful industry he knows—Hollywood. The chairman sets out to create a one-of-a-kind film, heavy on corruption and light on the truth. Entertaining, concerning, and mind-blowing, Wag the Dog is as relevant today as it was at publication. The book was also adapted into a 1997 movie of the same name, starring Anne Heche, Robert De Niro, and Dustin Hoffman.

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Jailbird

Jailbird

by Kurt Vonnegut

No list of political satire would be complete without a contribution by the legendary Kurt Vonnegut. In Jailbird, we follow the life and career of a White House staffer in the Nixon administration, who is one of the least known conspirators in the Watergate scandal. In a world where corporations control everything, this clever and thought-provoking parody takes a world of extremes one step further, and creates a terrifying reality.

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Carrie is a Digital Marketing Associate at Simon & Schuster. She loves character-driven literary fiction with a strong voice, as well as memoirs and social science. When she’s not reading, you can find her at kickboxing, the beach, or hanging with her best dog pal, Buddy.