Wednesday, April 27, 2011


"American Freak Show, the Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures" by Willie Geist. Hyperion 214 pages $23.99

Geist is the host of MSNBC's "Way Too Early," the co-host of "Morning Joe" and hosts the web show "Zeitgeist" on

Brought up by parents who appreciate the social freaks among us, Geist continues their tradition with such as: Sara Palin's Inauguration Address from the Ice Palace arena in Tampa during a live episode of World Wrestling Entertainment's show "Monday Night Raw."

We now know that "W" Bush's presidential museum will have go-karts and water slides. Greist included an interview from Parenting magazine with Kate Gosselin. "They Think He's Jesus" Hillary's private campaign e-mails to Bill. He covered the Neverland Ranch Yard Sale as well as "The People of Heaven vs. John Edwards."

Interspersed throughout these made-up tales are real life acts of idiocy such as the stoner who called 911 to report his weed had been stolen, a drunk man who shotgun blasted his lawnmower at 9:30 a.m. "My lawnmower, my yard," he said, "I can shoot it if I want to."

This is a great bathroom book -- short chapters, most of which are really funny.

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