Book Recommendation: Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
by Chip M
(Los Angeles, California)
Christopher Buckley’s BOOMSDAY is a must-read for book clubs catering to a variety of audiences, ages and demographics.
Baby Boomers who feel the sting of age discrimination and younger readers who blame the Boomers for wrecking their world will enjoy it, as will anyone involved in the public debate about the future of life in the U.S.
It’s all in great fun, though, with some scenarios that seem almost-impossible – unless you follow the news and remember phrases like “death panels” as part of the American health-care discussion.
Buckley –- who wrote the best-selling “Thank You for Smoking” (which became a hysterically-funny movie) -- has a very skewed view of life, and the result is a great read with something for everyone.
He takes shots at everyone, and gives everyone a chance to laugh at themselves and each other. The plot is so outrageous that it's plausible.
His family’s legacy (his father was the famous conservative commentator and author William F. Buckley) shows up, to. The book has details of fictional meetings between elected officials, trendsetters and influential figures that may or may not be happening in real life.
Read it and laugh. It’s a boom for all book clubs!
Note from Megan, Editor of the Book Club Guide
Thanks for the fun review, Chip. This book sounds like one that will make readers both laugh and thing ... the perfect combination for a great book club discussion!
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