Capitol Hill - Jayne J. Jones and Alicia M. Long

Released September 2012

Jayne J. Jones
Alicia M. Long
Beaver's Pond Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

This has to be the most refreshingly honest and funny book I've read in quite some time. Capitol Hill introduces Alison Amundson, a young woman from South Dakota who's landed her dream job as an aide to a senator . Alison's first day as a Capitol Hill staffer doesn't go well when she gets stuck behind a group of students making her late to her first day of work with Senator Anders McDermott III. Things don't get much better from there.

Soon, Alison learns that her $24,000 a year paycheck means she'll be woken at odd hours with requests like "Get me the contact information for Kim Kardashian," all after working 13 hour days. The job is non-stop demands, some achievements, and lots of being blamed, even if she wasn't in the wrong. Yet, when it's announced that the senator is running for president, Alison's job becomes more demanding, and to her even more worthwhile.

I know Capitol Hill has to have been written long before Mitt Romney came into the picture, but there were times when he's who I envisioned. From the misspelled press release (pubic instead of public) that had me thinking of Romney's "Amercia" to the comments that tick off women, it could have been a page out of Romney's campaign. The authors also state who they worked for in the back of the book, so it's simply a coincidence, funny nonetheless.

I waited until after the election to start this book because I was sick of politics well before September hit. Too many negative ads, phone calls, etc., so the book simply lacked any appeal. I'm glad I waited. I've seen campaigning from another angle now, and laughed many times along the way. This is an excellent book and one I'm so glad I took the time to read.
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