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What people are saying about The GQ Candidate:
"In recent years, and especially in the election of 2008, Keli Goff brought skill and grace to the rough-and-tumble arena of political commentary. Now, in time for 2012, she has aimed those same talents at fiction, and the result is a witty novel that reminds us that all politics is personal."
–Arianna Huffington
"[A] fresh political page-turner…If you love government affairs laced with swaggering scandal and an intense competitive race to the finish line, The GQ Candidate is a must-read."
–Victoria Rowell

After a sex scandal brings down a local politician, Luke Cooper finds himself catapulted into the Michigan Governor’s mansion, making him one of the few black and—by virtue of adoption—Jewish elected officials to hold such an office. His national celebrity is increased when he heroically saves the life of an avowed racist, and his good looks and charm earn him the nickname “The GQ Candidate.”

One day Luke stuns his inner circle by informing them that he has decided to run for president. His friends offer to help but a fundraiser, hosted by one, and a major scandal involving another, become the subject of negative gossip that threatens the campaign. Meanwhile, Luke’s wife is ambivalent about her husband’s political aspirations, and grows wary of life in the spotlight especially after a surprise from their past inconveniently reappears during his historic run.

The GQ Candidate gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in the lives of candidates, and the people closest to them, when the cameras aren’t rolling. In addition to the story of the campaign, the novel also follows the lives of Luke’s tight knit circle of friends and reveals how his amazing race changes their lives forever.

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What people are saying about The Speech:
“[The Speech] offers answers that are a lot more complex than the unvarnished praise Obama's oration has gotten so far…A rich landscape of opinion on the state of race and Obama's singular relationship to it. Last year, we simply couldn't see these arguments in the heat of the campaign; now they're coming into focus.”
–Los Angeles Times
"The time is right for [this] reconsideration... If we are to take the idea of a national racial discussion seriously, then it's especially urgent for a general readership to encounter eye-opening arguments like theologian Obery M. Hendricks Jr.'s articulate defense of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright... The book's tour de force is language scholar Geneva Smitherman's brilliant close reading of Obama's rhetoric, cadence and tone with reference to the "Black jeremiad tradition." She establishes the speech as a unique expression of Obama's biracial, bicultural identity, grounded in Aristotelian rhetoric and touching deep cultural nerves with both white and black audiences."
–Salon, Critic's Pick

After Senator Barack Obama delivered his celebrated speech, “A More Perfect Union,” on March 18, 2008, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd noted that only Barack Obama “could alchemize a nuanced 40-minute speech on race into must-see YouTube viewing for 20-year-olds.” Pundits established the speech’s historical eminence with comparisons to Abraham Lincoln’s “A House Divided” and Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream.” The future president had addressed one of the biggest issues facing his campaign—and our country—with an eloquence and honesty rarely before heard on a national stage.

The Speech brings together a distinguished lineup of writers and thinkers—among them Adam Mansbach, Alice Randall, Connie Schultz, and William Julius Wilson —in a multifaceted exploration of Obama’s address. Their original essays examine every aspect of the speech—literary, political, social, and cultural—and are punctuated by Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson’s reportage on the issue of race in the now historic 2008 campaign.  The Speech memorializes and gives full due to a speech that propelled Obama toward the White House, and prompted a nation to evaluate our imperfect but hopeful union.

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What people are saying about Party Crashing :

“Make room soccer moms and NASCAR dads, young black voters have emerged as the new wildcard in American politics. You will not find a better explanation for why and how than Party Crashing. Should be on the nightstand of candidates on either side of the political aisle.”
–Arianna Huffington, co-founder and Editor in Chief of The Huffington Post
“Party Crashing affirms the importance of the hip-hop generation as a powerful political force. Hopefully it will serve as a wake-up call to political leaders of all parties.”
–Russell Simmons, Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
"Keli Goff gets it right in this incisive and entertaining book, which comes at a fascinating moment in black political life. Party Crashing will get people talking."
Henry Louis Gates, Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

In her literary debut Party Crashing, author and political commentator Keli Goff explores the cultural and political divide between black Americans of the civil rights generation and their children and grandchildren, known collectively as the hip-hop generation. Covering a diverse array of issues from hip-hop, to gay marriage, and the growing Independent voter movement among younger black Americans, Party Crashing is an in-depth look at how generational differences are impacting the 2008 presidential election, and future elections. In addition to conversations with young black voters, Party Crashing also includes interviews with high-profile black Americans including: former Secretary of State Colin Powell, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Rev. Al Sharpton and many others, along with exclusive survey research on the political attitudes of young black Americans.

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