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Sitting US Congressman Leaves To Write Satire. What Would Trump Say?

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Comedians often thank Congress for providing them with satirical material to mine for comedy. Now a sitting member of Congress has decided to do the same—US Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) has announced that he will not seek re-election in order to follow his heart and build his career as a satirical novelist. This news came as a blow to Democrats who counted on the popular congressman and Nancy Pelosi ally to hold his seat. Whatever the wider ranging political reasons, we’re delighted to keep an eye out for the congressman’s sophomore book. Booklist praised his freshman effort. “As political satires go, it’s really good; as debut novels go, it’s even better.” For more on what may have shaped Israel’s decision, check…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books to Read Over the Holiday Break

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It’s here! Christmas is almost upon us and that means you’re packing, wrapping, traveling, cooking and generally going holiday-crazy doing whatever must be done before the big day arrives. However, the holiday break also offers us some much-needed relaxation time off from work or school. There’s no better way to chill than cozying up to a great book and diving in. So, whether you’re cuddled up with a blanket near the tree in between gift-wrapping sessions, or riding in the passenger seat on your way to Grandma’s house, we have five hot new reads perfect for all of your holiday escapism needs. Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator, Homer Hickam (William Morrow; October 2015) “Must-read… A…

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