Monday, September 21, 2009

Al Franken: The Freshest Freshman Senator in the Senate and the Jokes that Got Him There

--by Hanje Richards

Whatever you may think of Al Franken’s politics, there is no doubt that he made a lot of commotion last Fall and Winter…and Spring, when Minnesota was unable to tally the votes and Al Franken had to wait until April to take his Senate seat.

Depending upon your age and inclinations, you may remember Franken from his time as a writer and comedian on Saturday Night Live, back in the day. Or you may remember him as a commentator on then-fledgling Air America Radio. He has also written several books combining his politics and his wit.

Most recently we have added The Truth (with Jokes) to our collection at the Copper Queen Library. It can be found on the New Non-Fiction shelf right now (973.931 FRANKEN) and will eventually move upstairs to the Adult Non-Fiction stacks. Franken tackles Iraq, gay marriage, moral values, the social security crisis and more.

The Copper Queen Library also carries two other Al Franken titles. The first one is Lies (And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them): A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right (973.931 FRANKEN). The publisher says of this best selling book: “No one is spared as Al uses the Right's own words against them. Not the Bush administration. Not Ann Coulter. Not the new generation of talk-radio hosts, and not Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and the entire Fox network. Lies… is sure to become the most talked about book of political humor in 2003 and beyond.”

The other Franken title CQL owns is Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot And Other Observations (973.9 FRA). The publisher says this one is “[a] wickedly funny collection of essays that takes a hard-edged, insightful look into the wonderful, terrible, complicated world of American politics.”

Call the library if you're interested in reading up on Franken. We'll pull the book and have it waiting for you at the Circulation Desk the next time you visit.