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In The Matter Of J. Van Pelt

liked it 3.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
In The Matter Of J. Van Pelt” is a book about obsession – political, religious, romantic and historical. It’s also about True Love and hope, which are also dangerous.

J. Van Pelt , 42, is a true believer on the slide. He works for a conservative legal foundation that has stumbled across a career-building case: Max Gold, a revered liberal fundraiser, has been observed in an
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Published February 1st 2012 by Self (first published January 23rd 2012)
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Gregory Trachta
Dec 26, 2015 Gregory Trachta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think about Roy Blount Jr. channeling Socrates. Think about a Robert Benchley sendup of Erskine Caldwell. Think about Jack Davis, 1950s Mad Magazine cartoonist, with his antic detail, sinuous distortions, and absurdity. Think about finding truth. Now, you’re ready to read “In the Matter of J. Van Pelt,” by Dave Shiflett, folk singer, political analyst, ghostwriter, and novelist.
Truth can’t be gotten head on. It doesn’t come in a tweet. It forms in the spaces between the things we know for certai
Feb 12, 2012 Beccie rated it it was ok
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I was asked to read and review “In the Matter of J. Van Pelt”. The synopsis sounded unique; with cannibalism, UFO’s, grave robbing, and romance. Who wouldn’t want to read more of that? The story is written in journal format, which I don’t usually like. Most of the journal type novels I read seem very structured. I really liked that Dave wrote Jay’s entries in short, often incomplete versus and the character wrote down just anything that popped into his head. I feel that is how a real journal sho ...more
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Jun 07, 2012 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it liked it
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This book was very interesting to me for a couple factors. First, it's written in a journal format by J. Van Pelt (Jesus Van Pelt), who is not a very likable guy at all. He's uber conservative to the point of being blind. He's part of the DC establishment that we all love to pour Haterade all over (that's just not me, right?). Through writing the book as journal entries, we get an intimate picture of who Van Pelt is and why he does what he does.

On the other hand, the hard thing about using jour
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DAVE SHIFLETT is a longtime journalist and author. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, Food & Wine, Smart Money, Good Housekeeping, the Teleraph Papers, the Guardian and many other publications. His books include "Exodus" and "The America We Deserve" (with Donald Trump); he is also author of two new ebooks: "In the Matt ...more
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