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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

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While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a fiftyish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad f ...more
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Sharon
Sep 05, 2011 Sharon rated it did not like it
What a narcissist who clearly doesn't understand Christianity! This author is nothing but a ranting whiner! The entire book is nothing more than a list of complaints and unfortunate situations that Ms. Ingraham has come across in her life. Claiming to be Christian and whining about others beliefs and practices does not demonstrate Christianity. True Christians don't judge. While some of her complaints I may sympathize with, I had no idea a publisher would allow someone to simply list them out an ...more
Lisa
Oct 12, 2011 Lisa rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: that chick in the black dress, what's-her-name.
I was expecting so much more from this book. I usually like Laura Ingraham. I was tempted to throw her an extra star here, but I just can't do it. This book was really, REALLY bad. And did you notice the cover: BY LAURA INGRAHAM (with Raymond Arroyo). You mean you couldn't come up with your muffin top one-liners by youself Laura? And are you serioulsy going to start ranting on baby names (yes I agree, they are awful) with a son named Dmitri? Unless he's named after your Russian grandfather, what ...more
Joselle173
Mar 20, 2012 Joselle173 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've seen Laura Ingraham on TV and thought she often raised well-thought out opinions. Maybe it was because I saw her in limited doses that I kind of liked her; however, this book is a large dose of her. While I chuckled once in a while (e.g., "People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout." I mean come on, that's funny), this book was nothing more than a long rant about how awful she thinks everything is. Nothing is off limits here: Facebook (of cou ...more
Laura
Jul 26, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, essays
I bought this book while I was waiting for my husband to land at Dulles Airport. I'd attended a week-long conference and had begun to run low on reading material. The Barnes and Noble was on the secure part of the terminal; in the non-secure part, there were only newsstands. This book was one of the offerings.

At first, I found this book hilarious. I laughed, smiled, and nodded in agreement. But then I think I read too long. The anger, bitterness, and negativity wore on me. I began to recognize m
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Gina Denny
Sep 08, 2012 Gina Denny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
DNF.

I read portions of this while staying at my MIL's house, but I cannot bring myself to read the whole thing. The title is catchy, and sounds like something I might have been interested in, but WOW.

This "lady" makes the entire Republican party and conservative platform look bad. Normally, I would not say an author's politics have anything to do with my opinion of their talent and/or career trajectory (Orson Scott Card and Anne Rice are polarizing characters, and I don't think either of their
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Alison
Nov 22, 2011 Alison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cranky old people who want reiterations of stuff they already bitch about
Recommended to Alison by: some evil spirit who led me to miss the conservative cues?
Ok, friends, don't hate me for the fact that I somehow ended up taking this book home from the library, this book which, I discovered only after having gotten it home,is authored by a "frequent guest of the O'Reilly Factor." What the hell was I thinking? Shouldn't I have been able to tell from the cover that the person doing the zing-ing is a conservative? (I'm drunk on the awesome library system where I now live, and on the fact that I can take. books. home. for. free. You can't blame me, reall ...more
Abby Welker
Oct 13, 2011 Abby Welker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FUNNIEST, BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!! Everybody in America needs to read this book!! (I'm listening to it on audio with Laura narrating - I definitely recommend 'reading' it this way.)

I love Laura Ingraham--she is so intelligent, brutally honest, and has good old fashioned common sense (something SERIOUSLY missing nowadays). She points out and makes fun of so many irritations going on in our society today. Some points she makes are so brutally honest that I have found myself laughing out loud, scream
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Gerry O'Malley
Sep 15, 2012 Gerry O'Malley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Laura Ingraham. I think she is intelligent, provocative, charismatic and admirable in the way that she has dealt with cancer and other personal hardships. My wife and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary at a Laura meet-and-greet for her earlier book "Power to the People" and she was gracious and friendly in person.

The problem is that she is just not that funny.

This is supposed to be a humorous book in which Laura ridicules pop culture and points out our cultural decline with wicked lit
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C. Eaton
May 10, 2012 C. Eaton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first this book started as promising. I thought it was going to be focused on shallow, consumerist, north american culture and the problems that causes. But no, it just became a rant on things that the author doesn't like. It was seinfeld-esque but the lines were not merely so memorable.

Alrhough there were some great points about permissive parents and the creation of ridiculous and uselss products there was also alot of subjective opinion and political bashing. And yes, she has the right to
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Samantha
Nov 08, 2013 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Didn't finish. Parts were funny, others offensive. Overall it was like reading some crotchety old person scold people. I particularly despised a paragraph where she bemoaned that a homeless person who held up a sign saying will work for food freaked out at her when she offered him food. Where she saw someone lazy and not willing to work, I saw someone with a mental health problem. Sensitivity is apparently a quality she only requires from others.
SaraJean
Jan 02, 2014 SaraJean rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish reading this book. When I encountered the third racist comment in 10 pages, I decided I was done.

I really only read this book because I misread the subtitle. "America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots" is not the same thing as Boy Shorts. This is not a book about fashion (which I thought would be fun given working retail and the wicked case of body dysmorphia it's given me). Instead, it's an extended right-wing rant by some Fox news commentator of whom I have ne
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kylajaclyn
Jun 30, 2012 kylajaclyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1 1/2 stars.

I had no idea what to expect from this book going into things. I thought perhaps it would be funny commentary on things in the USA today that also bother me. Nope. If I had seen that the back says this book is classified as Poli Sci and that Ingraham associates herself with Bill O'Reilly, then I would have run for the hills. Alas, I had already decided to read this book with my mom for our book club. Below are all the notes I took on the book, because there is no way I am writing up
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Ebony *LilKoalaBooks*
If you're not a thin-conservative-weekly going-christian-who only likes fox news-,then you're going to be insulted and offended in some way by this book. There are things that I thought were funny throughout the book including disrespectful neighbors and the invasive TSA wand. I agreed with her views on a lot of things and thought it was interesting and sometimes funny when she categorizes herself among those she's complaining about. But there were sections of the book that I found ridiculous an ...more
Stephanie
Honestly, I would have normally given this book 3 stars. For the most part, her observations are hilarious and spot-on. It's true, American culture has morphed (at least in some aspects) into something that is sad and embarrassing.
However, I can't ignore the fact that so many of the things that are "wrong" in our culture, she tries to pass off as the "liberals" fault. Seriously? Do you really think that conservative parents don't do the same idiotic things you point out? Newsflash: they do. I co
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Susan Jones
This was a hard book to rate. I really like Laura Ingraham's radio show. I liked the book when I started out. She had a lot of valid points, especially when it came to morals (lyrics and some shows on TV, for example). However, the more I read, the more self-righteous she seemed. She griped about everything. And if you didn't agree with her, something was wrong with you. I mean, it's OK to not like cruises. They're not for all people. But that doesn't mean that those who do like them have someth ...more
Sarrah
Sep 28, 2011 Sarrah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
I'm not a conservative or a liberal, so to speak (which I'm certain would horribly offend this woman). When I started Of Thee I Zing, I couldn't believe it's 3-star reviews--it's hilarious and so true. Funny because some of the things Ingraham addresses are right in front of our noses and we don't even notice. Funny, also, because most of what she had to say rang so true--or else was something you knew to be true about yourself, so there's a good laugh in there at your own expense. But the last ...more
John
Dec 10, 2015 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, garbage
Ingraham is an excellent radio talk show host, but I have no idea what convinced her to branch out into comedy writing. Even great comedians like Stephen Colbert, Chelsea Handler and Ellen Degeneres generally have difficulty making their jokes work in print, but Ingraham so completely misses the mark here that it's downright embarrassing (and THE OBAMA DIARIES isn't any better). Ingraham's style of comedy is basically like listening to your grandmother complain about "kids these days," only bett ...more
J
Oct 10, 2011 J rated it it was amazing
Picked up at the library for something light and different ... I was delighted to discover that Ingraham is a conservative Catholic and Fox News contributor. (Devout, smart & educated!) And, the book was co-authored by Raymond Arroyo from EWTN - who I LOVE!

It was so refreshing to read a light-hearted book from my point of view. Liberals got their fair dose of snarky comments and religion & patriotism were revered, instead of reviled. I read effortlessly in a day. I really enjoyed Ingraha
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Barbara
Dec 23, 2011 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I agree with Laura Ingraham on many things she denigrates in her book, but her overall tone is so heavily sarcastic and outright obnoxious that she comes off not so much as someone with something important to say as much as your slacker co-worker who's planning for retirement (even though she's in her 40s) and won't shut up.

There is literally nothing wrong with some of the things she whines about in this book, but her attitude is "my way or else." Coming from a three-year-old, this would be mild
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Steve
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very rare departure in writing for Laura Ingraham. She herself admits that Of Thee I Zing is a “comedic turn away from politics and toward the culture.” Boy, is it ever!

Ingraham and Arroyo leave no stone un-turned or un-thrown in this critique of twenty first century America. In ten short chapters, you get their take on modern day parenting methods, public or social manners or lack thereof, trends in food and entertainment, relationships, education, social media, recreation, travel, ps
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Amy
Dec 08, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this during the Christmas holidays. It is snarky and depressing. While I do AGREE with Laura on most of her observations and viewpoints in this book, I just found a total book of nasty observations, complaining, and being just plain ugly about everything to depress and irritate me. Perhaps if she had incorporated MORE humor and less of her snarky attitude it would have been a much better book. For goodness sakes, let's try to see the good in some people!
Gina
Jan 08, 2012 Gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this as a gift over the holidays and read it when nothing else was available. Instead of reading this book, I highly recommend going down to the old folks home, surrounding yourself with very grumpy old men who like to hit young whippersnappers with canes, and listening to their conversation about the decline of America and young people in general. That would be significantly more entertaining than reading this book.
Kim
Jul 02, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this book hoping to find it either humorous or insightful, ideally both. While I did laugh out loud once and mentally nodded my head for a few of the authors' observations, I found the book missed the mark more often than not.

Too much of the book sounded like a petty rant about "things that annoy me" rather that a meaningful analysis. Even worse were the mean-spirited responses of the authors to various perceived transgressions of others. To me, these attitudes and behaviours are
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Mercy Parker
My eye was caught by the cover of this book. I must say, the first half was phenomenal. I agree with her position toward parenting, lack of respect in our generation, celebrities, and the education system. However, half way through the book I felt as if Laura Ingraham was just finding random situations prevalent in our society and picking on them. For an example, I completely agree that if an individual has their desktop hooked up in Starbucks, it is uncalled for. On the other hand, I do not thi ...more
David
Aug 20, 2011 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had to stretch to give this two stars. Ms. Ingraham's rants have been done before, and much more wittily, by the likes of Andy Rooney, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jeff Foxworthy ("you may be a liberal, if...").

Her partner-in-writing is one Raymond Arroyo, who ought to be ashamed.
Y
Mar 31, 2016 Y rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is this what people consider funny today?
I never could stomach stand-up comedians for longer than ten or fifteen minutes, and this is like a written version of one of their shows, just less cohesive and in shorter (sometimes a single sentence) sequences. It is basically a curmudgeon's guide to life, a list of possible situations in which people could get on your nerves. Also some other things, such as clouds floating in the sky or Buddhists not celebrating Easter.
You as a brainless moron are a
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Burt
Aug 17, 2011 Burt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wouldn't you like to write a book about everything that made you mad, annoyed you, and pissed you off. Laura wrote about all of that and more and I found myself agreeing with her.
Purple Osprey
Mar 10, 2015 Purple Osprey rated it did not like it
Laura, how do you reconcile your xenophobia with the fact that, according to your belief, Jesus wasn't an American?

There's so much hatred, envy and snobbery spilling from this book, I feel dirty after reading it. And I thought it was supposed to be a comic piece.
Saddest part is - this book does make some valid points, but it all gets lost in the endless drama of #FirstWorldProblems.
She actually quotes herself being passive aggressive and rude to people which in the context of the book is hilari
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Sara
Jun 18, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, paper
Wow. She hates everything and apparently she is the only perfect person on earth. The rest of us are making her life miserable.
Doreen
Jun 10, 2012 Doreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who meets the criteria from my review
Recommended to Doreen by: saw it at the library
Okay, so I gave this book a 3-star rating. It's more of a 2 1/2 stars, but there are parts that were REALLY funny, hence the 3. If you're a liberal, don't read it. It'll be just one more thing to gripe about. If you're an extreme conservative, you shouldn't read it either. You'll find there aren't enough slanders toward liberals! Yes, there's the occasional crack about Obama, but it's very light stuff.

If you can appreciate poking fun at the lack of manners in society, read it. If you view pajama
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