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Sammy's Hill: A Novel (Thorndike Basic) Hardcover – Large Print, Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover: 674 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition edition (Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786270403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786270408
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,748,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Al and Tipper's daughter is a well-established comedy writer and this, her debut novel is as sparky and well-paced as it is undeniably informed... an unexpectedly individual and authentic comic voice.' - The Observer. 'Sammy's Washington [is] an electric town full of Machiavellian schemers, principled idealists, backstabbing diplomats, determined romantics, and one intuitive telemarketer. Gore is a child of the Hill, and she knows her town; the result of her light and juicy tale is, for better or worse, an absurd and convincing rendering of everyday life in the political jungle.' - O, the Oprah Magazine. 'Sammy's Hill is a laugh-out-loud literary debut, certain to draw comparisons to Bridget Jones's Diary.' - Newsweek. 'It shouldn't come as a great surprise that the first novel by Kristin Gore, daughter of Al Gore, is laugh-out-loud funny.' - San Francisco Chronicle. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Sammy's Hill is full of sly plot twists and big laughs, and every word rings true.' Matt Groening, The Simpsons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on 4 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I actually found this book at the tube station in Nottinghill. Why didn't i hand it in? Because my name is Sammy and i was technically on a hill, so all signs pointed that i should read the book. Which thankfully I did. The book is actually the first book written by Al Gore's daughter,Kristin, so i had no idea what to expect. If you want anything other than a relaxed read, remniscent of watching a chick flick, then do not read this book. However I found it to be addictive and hilarious. It chronicles the life and loves of Sammy, a health advisor to a US senator. Her life involves many things including preparing for random animal attacks, preparing for life with only one arm. I thought it was well written, highly amusing and although kind of Bridget Jones-esque, which is very common these days, it had something new about it. Well any book that makes me snort out loud with laughter on a packed bus has my vote. One of the funniest books of its genre, and i have read a lot of them!!
Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Sparks on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this at an airport to stave off boredom on a long flight. At first I found the writing rather stilted and the main character a bit annoying, but I think the story improved and got funnier and more engaging as it went along. Looking at American official political life from an 'insider' perspective was interesting - I have no idea how accurate it is, but it made all the balloons and wild applause we see on TV slightly more comprehensible. The romantic storyline was very predictable, but still it was an enjoyable read. Certainly, if it was made into a film it would be much better than many a lame so-called 'wacky' rom-com.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
SAMMY'S HILL throws young and idealistic Sammy Jones into the fiercely competitive, smooth-talking, back-stabbing world of D.C. politics. While at times it can be a struggle just to keep her head above water, Sammy never wavers in her commitment to serving the public good and bringing about honest change through the democratic system.

Working as a domestic policy advisor for a U.S. Senator is by no means easy, but Sammy adores her boss and works her butt off to make sure that he has the best information possible to make decisions about health care policy. Sammy is on a quest to make health care affordable for all Americans, and she will do whatever it takes to pass the necessary legislation. Pulling all-nighters fueled only by coffee and calling in weed-addled senior citizens to give testimony at Senate committee hearings are par for the course.

When she starts dating a staff member of a rival Senator, Sammy's professional and personal lives intertwine, with occasionally disastrous consequences. With her quirky and klutzy character, Sammy is lovable and easy to relate to. Who hasn't been conned into buying far-too-expensive Japanese fighting fish from a secret agent of the North Korean regime?

Kristin Gore is genius at crafting a witty storyline, too complex to be deemed merely chick-lit, but hilarious and with a proper dash of romance nonetheless. For anyone who adores romantic comedies but finds them often all too predictable, SAMMY'S HILL is a more intelligent alternative, with underlying messages about politics and life effortlessly woven into fast-paced entertainment.

Sammy's optimism and perseverance are inspiring and refreshing in a world that most associate with dirty money and personal agendas. If there were more Sammy Jones' in Washington, the world would be a better place.

Reviewed by: Amber Gibson
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By Smurf on 16 Nov. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After feverishly following the campaign trail and US elections on tv/online news, from Obama/Clinton to Obama/Mccain, I felt compelled to fill the void after the elections were over. I picked up "Sammy's house" with interest after reading the White House plotline sypnopsis and purchased "Sammy's Hill" soon after. (The link between Kristin Gore and Al Gore came to me somewhat belatedly as I only realised it after I seeing certain parallels between the characters in Sammy's House).

The heroine, Samantha "Sammy" Joyce is a young and idealistic healthcare advisor to the junior Senator, Robert Gary "RG" from Ohio on Capitol Hill. The books certainly did fill the void and in a highly entertaining manner. I found the idealistic (and hypocondriac) Sammy endearing. All the jams that she inadvertently got into, were hilarious and kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next. The book describes the various incidents and mishaps in her life from falling in love with a "mr not so nice" senior speech writer, to keeping japanese fish and inadvertently sending out an inappropriate email after accidently "replying all". At times I found myself laughing out loud (which rarely hapens in novels).

Kristin Gore has drawn the content from her personal experiences living in Washington extremely well. The light hearted descriptions about Washington has changed my perspective about DC as a dull place. However, I am disappointed that this book is sold as a "chick lit" book. The book is lighthearted but does contain enough political gravitas to be taken seriously.
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