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Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus [Paperback]

Elinor Lipman
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Book Description

28 Aug 2012
Elinor Lipman (@elinorlipman) chronicles the 2012 election season with a poem a day—all in 140 characters or less.

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  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (MA) (28 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807042439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807042434
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,851,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Tweet, tweet 2 Sep 2012
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Elinor Lipman, writer of comedies of manners in the fine tradition of Jane Austen and Laurie Colwin, is also at home slinging the political barbs at US politicians and their spouses she doesn't much care for. And each of those politicians happens to have an "R" after his or her name. Her newest book (book-let?) is called "Tweet Land of Liberty" and covers the presidential primary season, from Fall 2011 to late Spring 2012.

Elinor Lipman produces absolutely brilliant novels. (She doesn't writes sequels so I guess I'll never know what happened to any of my favorite characters.) Lipman's special talent - at least to me - is her writing of characters and dialog. Nothing much happens in the average Lipman novel, but her characters are so sharply brought to life that the secondary characters in a story are usually as interesting as the primary ones. By use of dialog, she defines both plot and characters, and doesn't need many words to do so. This ability to define by a sentence or two is evident in her political tweets. She can cut to the core and "slice and dice" a politician and his world. Often using the pol's own words, Lipman is a lot like Ogden Nash in her tweets; she goes in for the kill in the cleverest ways possible.

Now, as a political junkie myself and a long-time progressive Democrat, I enjoyed her book of tweets. Maybe if I was a Republican, uh, not so very much. (She notes in her forward that she hopes to win back the votes of her Republican literary fans. Good luck there, Elinor!) So, beware reader of this review. Buy and read this book if you're a Democrat. If you're a Republican, wait to read her newest novel, "The View from Penthouse B" when it's issued in Spring 2013. (And, hey, Elinor, if you're reading this, can you send me a readers of "View"? Pretty please...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elinor Lipman pulls no punches! 2 Sep 2012
By Jill Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Elinor Lipman, writer of comedies of manners in the fine tradition of Jane Austen and Laurie Colwin, is also at home slinging the political barbs at politicians and their spouses she doesn't much care for. And each of those politicians happens to have an "R" after his or her name. Her newest book (book-let?) is called "Tweet Land of Liberty" and covers the primary season, from Fall 2011 to late Spring 2012.

Elinor Lipman produces absolutely brilliant novels. (She doesn't writes sequels so I guess I'll never know what happened to any of my favorite characters.) Lipman's special talent - at least to me - is her writing of characters and dialog. Nothing much happens in the average Lipman novel, but her characters are so sharply brought to life that the secondary characters in a story are usually as interesting as the primary ones. By use of dialog, she defines both plot and characters, and doesn't need many words to do so. This ability to define by a sentence or two is evident in her political tweets. She can cut to the core and "slice and dice" a politician and his world. Often using the pol's own words, Lipman is a lot like Ogden Nash in her tweets; she goes in for the kill in the cleverest ways possible.

Now, as a political junkie myself and a long-time progressive Democrat, I enjoyed her book of tweets. Maybe if I was a Republican, uh, not so very much. (She notes in her forward that she hopes to win back the votes of her Republican literary fans. Good luck there, Elinor!) So, beware reader of this review. Buy and read this book if you're a Democrat. If you're a Republican, wait to read her newest novel, "The View from Penthouse B" when it's issued in Spring 2013. (And, hey, Elinor, if you're reading this, can you send me a readers of "View"? Pretty please...)
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Volume for any Political Junkie 25 Oct 2012
By Kirsten Lagatree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Elinor Lipman's brilliant collection of rhyming couplets about the campaign season would make a perfect gift for that "political junkie" in your life. Or treat yourself to a guaranteed good time by purchasing it for your own reading. I can't stop calling up friends just to share these incredibly clever little gems!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent satire 13 Oct 2012
By Barbra Tarkenton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Tweet Land of Liberty" is a wonderful corrective to political cant and posturing. I laughed throughout, and loved reading some of them aloud ot friends. It would be a terrific stocking stuffer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twitter Poetry Comes Of Age 9 Nov 2012
By Robert K. Blechman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Twitter election poetry in 140 characters or less? It's not just a fantasy anymore. Elinor Lipman's Tweet Land of Liberty is a collection of the first 200 of what would become 500 election-related poems tweeted daily for the past year and a half. Witty, wise and sometimes acidic, the poems Lipman tweeted let us start each campaign day with a smile. Here's one of my favorites, and a prescient one at that:

Feb. 24
If Romney had his crystal ball out,
Mighta seen there'd be a fallout:
Use of "bankrupt"--sure to haunt him.
In 2012 Detroit won't want him.

Tweet Land of Liberty is a wonderful 2012 election memento and a great holiday gift! I can't resist adding my own rhyme:

The challenge: Each day to rehearse
A quatrain for the Twitter-verse
Your campaign rhymes would come to be
A hit! Tweet Land of Liberty!
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