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Review: Al Franken writes about his years in the Senate

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/30/2017 By JEFF AYERS, Associated Press
This cover image released by Twelve Books shows "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate," by Al Franken. (Twelve via AP) © The Associated Press This cover image released by Twelve Books shows "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate," by Al Franken. (Twelve via AP)

"Al Franken: Giant of the Senate" (Twelve Books) by Al Franken

Former writer and "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken uses his gift of humor to tell the story of his life as a U.S. senator from the state of Minnesota in "Al Franken: Giant of the Senate." He won re-election in 2014, and this book comes out midway through his second term.

Franken briefly looks at his career in comedy and what prompted him to run for the Senate in 2008. What followed made national headlines when the difference between Franken and his challenger, Republican Norm Coleman, was a mere 312 votes. The legal process kept him from taking his position until six months after everyone else had been sworn in, and Franken says he felt that he had to work extra-hard to make up for lost time.

He pulls no punches when it comes to the legislation he's worked on and his frustrations with colleagues in both parties.

Love him or hate him, Franken has written a fun and compelling book. He uses self-deprecating humor to poke fun at everyone on either side of the aisle, and he gives readers insight into the daily workings of life in the Senate. His love of the people and the state of Minnesota is crystal clear.

___ Online: https://www.franken.senate.gov/

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