Missy Schwartz
July 06, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Down the Nile

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Rosemary Mahoney
publisher
Little, Brown and Company
genre
Travel, Memoir

We gave it an A

In Sammy’s House, a breezy follow-up to Kristin Gore’s 2004 debut novel, Sammy’s Hill, our heroine, Samantha Joyce, works in the White House as a health-care adviser to the vice president. All is well until the administration gets slammed with scandals involving a prescription drug bill and the long-sober prez falling off the wagon. Then Sammy’s Washington Post reporter boyfriend moves to NYC. Though Sammy’s perfectly-imperfect-woman shtick can start to feel stale — she jumps into the Potomac! she’s jealous of a cat! — there’s no doubt that the former veep’s second daughter knows how to turn Washington shenanigans into a lighthearted, fun read. B

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