Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home by James Carville and Mary Matalin
Recommended by Sylvia Wolfe
Librarian, Vista Branch
James Carville, former campaign manager for Bill Clinton, and Mary Matalin, former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, are married to each other, and have been for quite awhile. As the subtitle says, they share two daughters and a New Orleans home, bought after Hurricane Katrina. They might both consider themselves retired from politics at this point, though they remain committed to their parties and continue working on political issues as consultants. What makes the book work is that it is written by both, shifting from her to him on most topics. Each has a style of writing and well of interests that makes the reader want to laugh out loud at some points, and cry for each of them at others. The back-and-forth makes for a fascinating, unforgettable book.