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I enjoy ready collections of columns by popular columnists. Among my favorites are Andy Rooney, Ellen Goodman, Mike Royko, Russel Baker, etc. Does anyone have any books by local authors that are similar to those? Books of columns on social/political commentary? I already have all of the books by those authors and am interested in others. Especially ones that are not as well known.
The Braindead Megaphone by George Saunders is supposed to be very good. It's on my wish list. I'm number one!
Dan Savage has some good books as does Susie Bright. Also: Juan Williams' book - Enough. Never Mind Success - Go For Greatness!: The Best Advice I've Ever Received by Tavis Smiley. Doing What's Right: How to Fight for What You Believe--And Make a Difference by Tavis Smiley. When Chickenheads Come Home To Roost by Joan Morgan
Not columns, but similar in some ways, would be All I Did Was Ask, by Terry Gross, who is the host of NPR's Fresh Air. It's a collection of her interviews, and I found it very interesting. She's very good, and the subjects are quite diverse. Here's an Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/All-Did-Was-Ask-Conversations/dp/B000S6MF7W/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197122881&sr=1-1 and the PBS link: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781401300104-All+I+Did+Was+Ask+Conversations+with+Writers+Actors+Musicians+and+Artists
If your political stance is center or left, you might enjoy the collection of columns by Molly Ivins, such as Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? http://www.amazon.com/Molly-Ivins-Cant-Say-That/dp/0679741836/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197123257&sr=1-4 and Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America http://www.amazon.com/Bushwhacked-Life-George-Bushs-America/dp/0375713115/ref=pd_bbs_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197123257&sr=1-3 If you're politically conservative, they may cause you to have a stroke.
Dave Barry, if you're into humor. His serious columns are very well-written, but few and far between.
Maureen Dowd - who is equally derisive of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
How about Art Buchwald?
I miss Mike Royko. Loved his columns.