The Deleted E-mails of Hillary Clinton (A Parody)

**This will be a political post. I am not confirming my support for any candidate. This is not a debate post. I will be simply reviewing the book**


Title: The Deleted E-Mails of Hillary Clinton

Author: John Moe
Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Penguin Random House


The explosive secret e-mails Hillary Clinton doesn’t want you to read
(Or maybe she does…She’s crafty like that.)
Remember that time Hillary Clinton admitted that she deleted thousands of e-mails from her ultra-secret personal e-mail address while Secretary of State? Thousands of e-mails, she claimed, about her daughter’s wedding? Well, people aren’t buying it: “Hiding the truth” says The New York Post. “Conspiracy or incompetence?” asks Al-Jazeera. “Hillary Clinton Don’t Give a Sh*t” claims Wonkette. Clearly, these e-mails need to be released immediately.

Now, thanks to John Moe and WikiLoox, the lost messages have been retrieved and placed in this dossier. For the first time, we’ll get a look inside HRC’s well-coiffed head, reading intimate conversations with family (Bill, Chelsea), friends (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oprah, Beyonce), and frenemies (Obama, Palin, Putin) alike. We’ll also learn essential details about her private life, from her pop-culture obsessions to her thoughts on yoga, baking cookies, “Scandal,” and much more.

Make no mistake—this is a book of critical national importance. Following her journey from mother-of-the-bride to commandress-in-chief, we’ll see how HRC handles the most challenging situations she might face in the White House, including how to respond to people who “reply all” to e-mails and how to wrangle pantsuit retailers as they compete, with increasing desperation, for her attention. Along the way, we will finally get the portrait we need—the one our country deserves—of the woman we may soon call “Madam President.”

About Section from Penguin Random House

I have been following the 2016 Presidential primaries and elections very closely and I’ve taken to finding humor in every candidate’s flaws, slip-ups and scandals.

There was Ben Carson who always looked like he was on the verge of falling asleep, Jeb! and his super excited campaign slogan (please clap), Ted Cruz who people are convinced is the Zodiac Killer, Carly Fiorina, who crashed HP in 5 years and Ted Cruz’s campaign in a matter of days, Lincoln Chafee is just…weird, Bernie Sanders who wants a political revolution and Hillary Clinton who has been in scandal after scandal since she’s been in the political eye. (There are plenty more to speak of but for time’s sake I’ll leave them out)

Secretary Clinton’s most recent scandal is her e-mail scandal in which she kept a private server in her home while acting as secretary of state. There is a lot of controversy as to if it was actually legal, if she had classified e-mails on that server and if it had ever been hacked. You can read more about it here.

Despite the scandals, Hillary has a personality that really stands out. The way she speaks, her choice of words and her attitude.

In this book, John Moe takes Hillary Clinton’s personality and her e-mail scandal and mashes the two together to make for a hilarious read.

The author cracks jokes at many different things such as Hillary’s possible plans to run for office in 2016, knack for brushing things off, pant suits, her seemingly semi-obvious hunger for power, Joe Biden, and of course Bill.

The Deleted E-Mails of Hillary Clinton had me laughing from page one. As soon as I opened it and read this I was hooked,

January 20, 2009

TO: Barack Obama
Subject: It being fine


Tomorrow we begin a new journey together. You, as President of the United States, and me, as Secretary of State, which is a different job entirely. I just want you to know that I am honored to serve under you and have you as my boss.

It’s fine.

Certainly, we fought hard against each other through a protracted primary process, one that became rather bitter and testy at times, but that is all in the past. now I’m ready to serve in this other job while you serve as President and live in the White House.

I will live somewhere else. And that is fine with me. I can live a lot of other places. That’s no big deal.

It’s fine.

I am eager to get started in my new role and excited to do my part to help establish peace and harmony between the United States and other nations, just has I’ve been eager to establish peace and harmony between you, the President, and me, just the Secretary of State.

I’m totally okay.


P.S. I may use this e-mail account from time to time. That’s fine, right?

In this book you will follow Hillary’s (parody) e-mail exchanges with President Obama, two different pant suit companies, the fun four (Hillary herself, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah, and Beyonce), her aide, and many others.

Weather you are a Hillary supporter or not this book is incredibly hilarious and I recommend anyone who enjoys politics should give it a read. It’s short and extremely easy to follow. There’s no bashing or insulting of political candidates within this book which makes it that much more fun to read.


John Moe is a McSweeney’s contributor and host of American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio show Wits. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

WikiLoox is a group of ingenious cyber freedom fighters who comb the remote recesses of the deep web to gain access to secret, secret, ultra-secret governmental documents. You can find them at

Taken from Penguin Random House

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

doodletopia CARTOONS

Title: doodletopia CARTOONS
Author: Christopher Hart
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Penguin Random House



 About section from Penguin Random House
doodletopia CARTOONS is a collection of step-by-step tutorials, fill in the silhouettes, draw the other half pictures, as well as sections dedicated to facial expressions, using a base drawing to create multiple animals or characters, clothing tutorials, and font tutorials.
I decided to pick up doodletopia because I have been thinking of starting my own comic series chronicling my progress and struggles of learning another language.
I’ve always enjoyed art but more so in the style of Japanese animation with huge detailed eyes and non-realistic hair and that just doesn’t fit into the style of cartooning that I wish to do.
The problem with this is that because I’ve always preferred that style of drawing, I couldn’t figure out how to simplify my drawings. When I found doodletopia I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what I could do!
The book starts off with basic step-by-step instructions to draw things such as people in different poses and animals. I started with the very first one in the book which is a penguin who has caught a fish.
The instructions from the book
My drawing

As you can see, it is very simplistic as are most of the tutorials in this book which is fantastic for simple and cute cartoon drawing. The best thing about this book, though, is that the author highly encourages you to make these your own and alter them in whichever way suits you.

I had so much fun following the instructions in this book and have learned a few techniques that I will be using when I start my own comic series.

Here is another example of a drawing I did following the instructions in the book.

Book example
My drawing

As you can see there is a lot of space to make things bigger or smaller and alter them in anyway you choose but there are also enough instructions so you can also draw the image just as it’s picture on the page.

As I was doing some research on Christopher Hart, I was surprised to find that he has also authored many ‘How to draw’ anime and manga art books that I have seen in stores several times and have contemplated buying on several occasions. He is also the author of another doodletopia book that is coming out this summer that is based upon manga characters and I’m so excited to buy it!

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this book. I learned a lot from it that I will be putting to use in the near future. I enjoyed more than just the instructions, though. I also enjoyed the playful font that was used throughout the book, giving it a more playful feeling, as well as the encouragement to make them my own if I wished and the variety of things that were taught within one book.

I am extremely pleased that I picked up this book. I have had a lot of fun with it so far and I will be doing the rest of the drawings in this book soon because they are so simple and fun.


CHRISTOPHER HART is the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books. His books have sold more than 6 million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, all of Hart’s books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals, and they have been selected by the American Library Association for special notice.Taken from Penguin Random House
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

The Tsar of Love and Techno

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories
Author: Anthony Marra
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble


 About taken from Penguin Random House

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Gamer Girl

2850535Life was going great for Maddy Starr. She had her group of friends to gush to about crushes and other girly things, she went to a nice school, and she had her manga club. That is, until her parents called it quits, resulting in a move from the city to a small town where this manga loving, Gothic styled girl just knew she would not fit in.

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After a torture filled first day of school caused by her grandmother forcing her to wear a unicorn sweater to school after not approving of Maddy’s outfit choice, being targeted by the schools clique of bullies, being designated “Freak Girl” of the school and realizing that her friends from Boston Academy had already moved on and left her behind, Maddy just knew that this school was going to be hell on Earth.

However, things started to look up a bit after Maddy’s father decided to buy her the MMORPG game, Fields of Fantasy for her birthday.

When she started the game, she created her elven character, Allora. She then ventured with Allora to an area that was a bit past her skill level at the time. Just as she was about to give up hope on the game after being killed several times in a row by wolves, she was saved by a character named SirLeo.

Maddy’s online life as Allora seemed to be going so smoothly, venturing alongside SirLeo and secretly falling for him, but her real life suffered as she was mocked and bullied by Billy Henderson and his clique every single day, all while crushing on Chad Murray, who was part of the clique but Maddy wasn’t convinced that he was like the rest of them.

After chatting with Maddy one day, Chad told her about a manga competition that he thought she should enter. She decided that it would be a good opportunity to win enough money to pay for tuition to her old school, Boston Academy.

Maddy had already been working very hard on a manga about a girl who was sucked into a fantasy world and had to venture to make her way home, so it was a perfect opportunity.

Maddy had also decided to start up a manga club at school with the help of Ms. Reilly, who had previously informed Maddy that she was also interested in manga.

The manga club seemed to be a hit for such a small school. Maddy was able to finally make some friends!

Meanwhile, in her online world, she was still falling so hard for SirLeo who was falling for her…Allora, as well. SirLeo one day mentions that he wished that she attended his school in Farmingdale because he would ask her out. Maddy fought hard with herself not to tell him she was from Farmingdale as well, brushing it off as maybe there were many other towns called Farmingdale. However, she did know that they were in the same time zone. Maybe they did go to the same school.

Who exactly was SirLeo? Would the real life SirLeo like Maddy as herself even though she wasn’t her beautiful elven character, Allora?  She was so torn knowing the dangers of revealing her true identity online as well as crushing on a virtual guy and a guy in real life. Would the bullying ever stop? Would anyone stand up to these bullies?

Gamer Girl is a fantastic book for gamers, manga enthusiasts, and anime lovers, especially those who may have dealt with bullying regarding these matters.

I know I was bullied for some of the same things, and when I picked up this book for the first time in high school it was an inspiration. I remembered it just recently and decided it was a good book to write about and introduce others to. I can relate to Maddy in so many ways and I know many others can as well.

While I wasn’t any good at anime or manga related art, I still enjoyed drawing it. It was very much as an expressive outlet.

I was no where near the kind of talent that Maddy in the story is, but I did play video games as well as watching anime and reading manga, and I had a small group of friends that I could enjoy that with as well.

I can relate to her hesitance to start a manga club at such a small school, fearing that no one would join. But, this book is a great inspiration. I did start a manga/anime club at my school. It didn’t last terribly long, but we did enjoy ourselves. Maddy Starr is an inspiration to otaku and gamers alike.

Mari Mancusi opened my eyes with this book and gave me so much inspiration in high school to just be who I was and to let the haters hate and not let them get to me. And I want others who have the same interests and have been in the same situations to have the chance to read this book as well.