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These impossibly cheerful essays on the routine horrors of the present era explain everything from the resurgence of measles to the fiasco of the presidency.

In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics and culture that will in
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by W. W. Norton Company
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Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't familiar with Alexandra Petri's work before seeing this book and thinking it sounded like a lot of fun. It's a collection of satirical articles and parodies she wrote for The Washington Post over the last four years.

They cover a variety of topics dealing with current topics such as feminism, racism, and politics. I almost DNF'ed the book after the first couple chapters, finding them more cynical than amusing.

I'm glad I decided to keep with it though because there are also some real gems
Diane S ☔
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: nfr-2020
Sarcasm and farce. Yum! This is one of those books that use humor to cover the really horrid things that are happening or have happened. Some are outright funny, some a little silly, but all inventive.
From the current political situation and the man who would be king, to measles and the anti vacers, she covers alot of ground.

Of course appreciation of her with will depend where you stand politically, or maybe if you have an open mind. Best also, to parse these essays or whatever we might call t
David Wineberg
Under my particular rock, we have not heard of Alexandra Petri. This is a total failure of mass communications that needs addressing immediately. 5G can wait; this is pretty basic. Petri writes short pieces for the Washington Post and her style is nothing less than dynamite. It is a cross between SJ Perelman and Art Buchwald, which I probably have to explain. Perelman was a master of word manipulation, as well utter zaniness he called dementia praecox. He wrote Marx Brothers films, for example ( ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, library
4.5 stars-- this was so funny but oh so dark. Like, I had to take breaks because this was too real at many points. Petri's satire is exactly what we need after the last few years, and I loved watching her play with language and using it to expose the vacuity of so much of public discourse in age of Trump ...more
Kristy Miller
I won an advanced copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Alexandra Petri is a satire columnist for the Washington Post. I have been reading her columns for some time, as living in the hellscape that is America under Trump makes satire, sarcasm, and intelligent humor as vital as food and water. And many of her columns are fantastically funny. Several filled me with rage and sadness, mostly the ones related to Kavanaugh. I had read several of these columns befor
Peter Z.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Washington Post? 🙄
No thanks I usually let dog turds dry out before I pick em up. Maybe I'll wait til it's been out longer and they're stacked up on the 1¢ shelf.
PS May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your most personal area. 🔮
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up

Reader enjoyment of this array of essays will hinge on whether you gel with Petri's sense of humour - this is an incredibly facetious collection of very short pieces written in the wake/response to Trump's presidency. There are also a smattering focusing more on MeToo, which happened to be the ones I connected most with. I think these lost their impact when read consecutively, so perhaps this is a collection to dip in and out of if you want reminding of what dire political times we
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and it did not disappoint. Just to be clear, supporters of President Trump will likely find this fiercely unapologetic collection of satirical essays to be offensive. However, far from being simply a compilation of biting partisan complaints, this book provides a look into the very real possibility that one can see another’s perspective while still holding a strong opposite opinion. Furthermore, the immensely talented author shows how crucial the employme ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
facetious humor + deadpan delivery = sold
May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Ah yes, white supremacy, a liberals code word that they label people who dare to think for themselves and choose trump. Nevermind "diversity" is just a code word for no whites allowed. Nevermind than the entirety of twitter on a daily basis routinely craps on white people, nevermind that we can replace white people in movies and TV shows with "diverse" actors but cannot do the opposite. Nevermind that if you'd do just the slightest bit of research on your own on half the crazy things trump says, ...more
Jan Priddy
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
I have been reading Petri for a few years and she generally makes me laugh—sometimes I shout in glee in response to a particular punchy line. If you haven't read her work in The Washington Post, you are in for a treat. (It helps if you have actually been paying attention to the for-real news over the last five years or so.)

However, I was nagged twice to put up a review (I was reading something else when this arrived) and so I read this collection too fast. Here are my recommendations:
One taken a
J Earl
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won, first-reads
Nothing is Wrong and Here is Why by Alexandra Petri is every bit as insightful as it is biting humor. As with all satire in the current age, what should sound over the top actually sounds like something that could plausibly come out of the White House or Congress. So the humor is tinged with a little sadness at the deterioration of the country's intellect (at least of those elected to high office) and democracy.

These are not the typical screeds against Trump or his inept charade at governing. Th
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so smart and so funny, I wanted to clap at the end. I follow the author on Twitter, but I haven’t read a lot of her columns in the Washington Post. I will now! I will read everything she writes from here on out. God, this book is so funny. Do yourself a favor and just read the table of contents. I mean, you’ll laugh at the essay titles alone.
Margaret Heller
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I may not actually mean 5, but I really really needed this book right now so it felt like a 5.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Think the world is falling apart right before your eyes?

Alexandra Petri is here to help. Petri explains how Trump is a Stable Genius, what the ethics chief really wanted to say in his resignation letter, and outlines the privilege tree. She writes a book report on The Mueller Report and shares the thoughts of others at a truck stop on impeaching Trump.

We might feel powerless in the face of the insanity around us, but Petri offers us a way to fight back...with laughter.
So freaking good. Readers who love satire will eat this up. Conservative, misogynist racists probably won't. ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read this yet, but felt the need to counteract the preemptive one-star reviews being left by MAGA commentators who seem to be taking the existence of books personally. I'll read it and I'm sure will enjoy it, Petri has a great sense of humor. ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, humor
(Note:I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)

As someone who both wants to be informed about current events but also usually finds himself overwhelmed by the news, I always find Alexandra Petri’s writing to be an extremely effective balm. Expertly using a humor style that often veers into the absurd and the surreal, she always manages to masterfully highlight the genuine stupidity or madness of whatever event or topic she has chosen to target, all while bringing me
Krystelle Zuanic
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a crabapple book. You bite into it and say ‘Ooh, that’s rather bitter!’ but then can’t help but to take another bite. It’s so, so good, and then the crabapple is finished and you’re sad there’s not any more. Suffice to say, I wanted more essays in this collection because they were just...*chef’s kiss* wonderful.

Some of them are misses, I wasn’t into (weirdly?) the more Melania targeted ones, except the one about her murder trees in the halls of the White House, but the Trump ones, for t
Kathryn Bashaar
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Short satirical essays on current culture and events, mainly skewering President Trump. Funny and entertaining, but not as laugh-out-loud hilarious as I'd hoped.

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May 27, 2020 rated it did not like it

This book was incredibly useful. Amidst the toilet paper shortage, this was incredibly handy as I was able to use each page to wipe myself before flushing down the toilet! Paper was quite soft and strong, quite the feat! Highly recommend.
Susan Liston
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2021, humorous
I consider myself to have an oddball sense of humor but Alexandra's got me beat, some of this was even a little over my head. But I enjoyed it for the most part. She's a unique talent. ...more
Moira Smith
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alexandra Petri is a national treasure and this collection of essays is proof of it. Her writing is sharp and perfect for the absurdity of our current era. A few of the essays fell flat for me, but overall is a wonderful read.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mark Twain wishes he could. This should be the only text used to explain the hell we’ve found ourselves in since 2016. It’s so perfect I’m cry.
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I felt slightly masochistic reading it at first, reliving the horrors of the past few years, but it was funny and clever enough to be a delightful read. I particularly like the short stories, some of which reminded me of Patricia C. Wrede’s Book of Enchantments or other stories I read as a kid, in their fantasy and mild suspense and creeping sense of malaise. The USA right now very well could be a vaguely menacing foreign land that our hero must traverse or avoid in a harrowing adventure. Certai ...more
Aaron Berkowitz
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matches our times absurdity for absurdity

I have long enjoyed Ms. Petri's columns in the Washington Post and this collection is a wonderful reminder of her peerless mastery of irony, understatement and sardonic (but not sour) wit. It will make you angry at things you ought to be angry about. It will make your anger feel seen, and remind you that getting angry with the way things are is the necessary first step to making things be some other, better way. It is not afraid to treat the absurd things
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do I need to cry or laugh?

I picked this book right before the election night. It is a political retrospective of the past four years through the column of Alexandra Petri. You could read each article independently or chronologically. You can skip one, go back, go forth, anything is possible.

Petri's writing style is sharp, cynical and funny. She reenacts some moments of the presidency and imagines how it went. She tries to guess how it went behind closed doors. It's theatrical, it's fake,
Amy Finley
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
This collection of satirical essays was very fun to listen to!
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, audiobook
4.25/5 - Dark, hilarious satire on the past few years in politics. Highly recommend the audiobook, I laughed out loud dozens of times.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gloriously snarky satire for the anti-Trump crowd. Ms. Petri, the satirist for the Washington Post, casts a gimlet eye on the Trump administration, poking fun in a mostly tongue-in-cheek style. As in any collection of essays, some are better than others. One of my personal favorites is the parody of Waiting for Godot, in which Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan wait for Trump to pivot. Another essay about the horrors of the proposed budget cuts was actually posted to a White House website by an aide w ...more
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