Rated Reads

I Am America (And So Can You!)

by Stephen Colbert

Rated: High

I picked this book up mostly because I was in the mood for something short and funny. And, even though I don’t watch “The Colbert Report,” I had hopes this would be both.

It was short, anyway.

As for the funny, sometimes it was. There were moments when I did chuckle and even a few when I actually laughed out loud. But, mostly I had to constantly remind myself that This Was Satire. I’m not quite sure if this was a parody of or a commentary on conservative thinking, but either way, I spent much of my time thinking “And … so?”

If Colbert’s point was commentary on conservative thinking, then sometimes it was brilliant. At times. Sometimes, he went on rants that I thought worked (and worked well) if you read them ironically. Other times, I thought I Am America was a terrific parody of conservative culture; he got the stereotypical Redneck Conservative Jerk down to a T. But — perhaps like that of all good satirists — the effort was incredibly uneven. While there were moments of hilarity and moments of brilliance, most of it didn’t work for me. And — again for me, at least — I had to remind myself that the “reality” of this book is really that it isn’t.

In the end, though, I was left with one thought: Jon Stewart is SO much funnier.

Rated: High for language, including more f-bombs than were necessary.

— Reviewed by Melissa Fox

Melissa Madsen Fox's blogging career began in 2004 when she started Book Nut. Reading, reviewing and book blogging have taken over what's left of her life after being a stay-at-home mom to four rambunctious daughters and wife to a slightly- absent-minded professor of political science.

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  • I Am America (And So Can You!)
  • by Stephen Colbert
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Nonfiction
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