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An "audacious satire" of high culture, low standards, reality TV, and instant fame by the author of Moist (Vanity Fair). Sweet natured and as dumb as a bag of hammers, Sepp Gregory parlayed his six-pack abs and broken heart into overnight success on the insanely popular "reality-based" television show Sex Crib. Now, People magazine's "sexiest man alive" is touring the country with his bestselling debut novel, a barely fictionalized memoir he neither wrote nor read. He's signing books shirtless, so no one cares—except for struggling novelist and bastion of intellectualism, Harriet Post. One of the blogosphere's stuffiest literary minds, Harriet believes Sepp is the very definition of the apocalypse. Determined to pen an exposé on the publishing industry, Harriet hijacks the book tour and uncovers the ghostwriter. But when her self-righteous campaign ends in a tragic accident, reality collides with "reality" and Sepp and Harriet take it on the lam. Hightailing it on a sex-fueled road trip through the Southwest, Harriet is finally in step with contemporary culture. Coming "across as the slightly more well-adjusted offspring of Hunter S. Thompson and James Ellroy," Mark Haskell Smith is at his raucous best in this "incisive, caustic . . . hilarious and . . . unexpectedly sweet illustration of why we write and read in the first place" (Los Angeles Times). "Subversively funny . . . Think Don DeLillo meets Jersey Shore." —The Wrap "Both hilarious and absurd. You'll laugh (and sometimes blush) the whole way through." —People
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An "audacious satire" of high culture, low standards, reality TV, and instant fame (Vanity Fair).

Sweet natured and as dumb as a bag of hammers, Sepp Gregory parlayed his six-pack abs and broken heart into overnight success on the insanely popular "reality-based" television show Sex Cribs. Now, People magazine's "sexiest man alive" is touring the country with his bestselling debut novel, a barely fictionalized memoir he neither wrote nor read. He's signing books shirtless, so no one cares—aside from struggling novelist and bastion of intellectualism, Harriet Post.

One of the blogosphere's stuffiest literary minds, Harriet believes Sepp is the very definition of the apocalypse. Determined to pen an exposé on the publishing industry, Harriet hijacks the book tour and uncovers the ghostwriter—the first step in her rail against the "half-wits, imbeciles, and boobs" that are ruining the world. But when her...

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An "audacious satire" of high culture, low standards, reality TV, and instant fame by the author of Moist (Vanity Fair).

Sweet natured and as dumb as a bag of hammers, Sepp Gregory parlayed his six-pack abs and broken heart into overnight success on the insanely popular "reality-based" television show Sex Crib. Now, People magazine's "sexiest man alive" is touring the country with his bestselling debut novel, a barely fictionalized memoir he neither wrote nor read. He's signing books shirtless, so no one cares—except for struggling novelist and bastion of intellectualism, Harriet Post.

One of the blogosphere's stuffiest literary minds, Harriet believes Sepp is the very definition of the apocalypse. Determined to pen an exposé on the publishing industry, Harriet hijacks the book tour and uncovers the ghostwriter. But when her self-righteous campaign ends in a tragic accident, reality collides with "reality" and Sepp and Harriet take it on the lam. Hightailing it on a sex-fueled road trip through the Southwest, Harriet is finally in step with contemporary culture.

Coming "across as the slightly more well-adjusted offspring of Hunter S. Thompson and James Ellroy," Mark Haskell Smith is at his raucous best in this "incisive, caustic . . . hilarious and . . . unexpectedly sweet illustration of why we write and read in the first place" (Los Angeles Times).

"Subversively funny . . . Think Don DeLillo meets Jersey Shore." —The Wrap

"Both hilarious and absurd. You'll laugh (and sometimes blush) the whole way through." —People
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      • source: Los Angeles Times
      • content: “Gleefully absurd. . . . [Smith] turns what could have been just an amusing book into an incisive, caustic and hilarious one. . . . He's able to pull it off because his prose is so hard-boiled and self-assured--he comes across as the slightly more well-adjusted offspring of Hunter S. Thompson and James Ellroy. . . . A hilarious and--occasionally--an unexpectedly sweet illustration of why we write and read in the first place."
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      • source: Vanity Fair
      • content: “Audacious satire."
      • premium: False
      • source: People
      • content: “Both hilarious and absurd. You'll laugh (and sometimes blush) the whole way through."
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      • source: Daily Beast
      • content: “Outrageous. . . . consistently surprising, fast-paced and nearly always funny, Raw is more than just a lively romp. Smith saves his best satire for a topic he knows all too well: the publishing industry. In Raw . . . Smith skewers it with as much gleeful zeal as he attacks his much easier targets."
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      • source: Los Angeles Magazine
      • content: “No contemporary pop culture touchstone or literary idol emerges from the book unscathed by Smith's playful scrutiny."
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      • source: Shelf Awareness
      • content: “Readers familiar with Mark Haskell Smith's novels know all about the sharp, oddball sense of humor that permeates Raw. For those who don't, think somewhere along the lines of Carl Hiaasen--social commentary combined with outrageous laughs. . . . [A] brash and brainy slice of satire that skewers our base and high-minded interests in one fell swoop. . . . Hilarious."
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      • source: Penthouse
      • content: “[A] fast-paced, funny send-up of both high and pop culture."
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      • source: Los Angeles Review of Books
      • content: “The four strangers brought together in Raw are at times so vivid that you want to meet them. . . . [A] fast (and fun) story."
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      • source: Boston Globe
      • content: “Amusing and intermittently outright funny. . . . [Smith's] caricatures land squarely on the mark."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Millions
      • content: “Crazy stuff happens, and it's a joy to be inside the drama. The more Technicolor the plot, the more addictive it becomes. . . . . One helluva good read."
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      • source: Steve Hely, author of How I Became a Famous Novelist
      • content: "Only an extremely imaginative satirist can outpace the world's absurdity, but Mark Haskell Smith manages it with Raw, a super fun, super wild, and sneakily thoughtful take on American literary and entertainment excess."
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      • source: Sara Levine, author of Treasure Island!!!
      • content: “Hot and ebullient, hilarious and riveting. Smith pulls the pants off reality television and America's 'serious' literary culture, and that's just the metaphorical nakedness. Who knew a book about the difficulty of sustaining deeply felt emotion could be so much fun? Or that a penis on YouTube might sing Lionel Richie? Hair-raising and essential reading."
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      • source: Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much
      • content: Raw, the latest from the endlessly entertaining Mark Haskell Smith, is a fast, funny, freaky fusion of two unlikely worlds: literature and reality TV. I'm not going to pretend I don't love both, and Smith brings the awesomeness together like a literary Peanut Butter Cup. What could be better?"
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist
      • content: “Thoroughly enjoyable. . . . By turns racy and profound."
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "LA writer Smith is back with another frothy satire."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Millions
      • content: "Dark, priapic satire."
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      • source: Livres Hebdo (France)
      • content: “This book is a masterpiece."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        August 5, 2013
        A goofy streak leavens Smith’s fifth novel, an overly broad satire that takes potshots at reality TV, the Internet, and the publishing industry. Former beach volleyball player Sepp Gregory, who became a household name by winning the steamy hidden-camera show Sex Crib, is famous for his abs and his romance with fellow contestant Roxy Sandoval. Now his adoring public swarms to meet him on the book tour for his novel, Totally Reality, while his ghostwriter, Curtis Berman, sulks in hipster obscurity in Brooklyn. The novel’s critical and commercial success enrages Curtis as well as blogger Harriet Post, who decides to confront Sepp on his tour and expose him as a literary fraud. But Sepp has bigger problems: his once-legendary libido still hasn’t recovered from his breakup with Roxy, and now she plans to write her own tell-all about their split. When the exes collide at the Playboy Club with Harriet and Curtis in tow, Sepp realizes he has to break free. Smith overplays his hand early with characters drawn to extremes (one is described as having an “Easy Bake Oven head”) and later forced to meet in the vague middle, but he packs his paragraphs with cleverness, mapping out a soapy, exciting plot. When Sepp goes off course, his unpredictable path gets seamy but leaves a glimmer of hope for a self-obsessed society—at least for one willing to laugh at itself.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        November 1, 2013
        LA writer Smith is back with another frothy satire (Moist, 2007, etc.). This time out, the focus is on America's most beloved abs, which belong to Sepp Gregory, a reality TV star who parlayed conspicuous muscle and a broken heart on a show called Sex Cribs into a follow-up series and then glossy-magazine and tabloid celebrity. Now, he's written--or at least is purported to have written--an autobiographical novel called Totally Reality. He's making shirtless appearances in thronged bookstores everywhere but also struggling with a secret case of impotence; it turns out that behind that rock-hard six-pack is a sweet and simple soul who needs to be in love in order to perform. Enter Harriet Post, a ferociously snobby (but, natch, demurely lovely) literary blogger and wannabe novelist who sees, in the blindly ecstatic reception of the novel, all the signs of impending apocalypse. She vows to out the ghostwriter and expose the vapid Sepp. After a scene of steamy four-way farce in the Playboy Mansion's library--a scene featuring Sepp, Harriet, the ghostwriter and the surgically enhanced belle dame sans merci who seduced and then abandoned Sepp on Sex Cribs--there's a terrible accident, and Harriet and Sepp find themselves on the lam in the desert, where what starts as a case of lust threatens to blossom into something more. Smith plays it fast and very, very loose in his sendup of celebrity culture, TV and literary publishing, and a good bit of this is just cheerful porn wearing the scantiest fig leaf of wit. Satire doesn't get any broader or easier, but that doesn't mean that the book's not at least fitfully fun.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        October 15, 2013
        In this thoroughly enjoyable outing, consummate satirist Haskell Smith (Baked, 2010) pokes delirious fun at modern-day book publishing and reality TV. As the novel opens, reality-TV star Sepp Gregory is on tour to promote his debut novel, Totally Reality. (He didn't write the book, of course; the chap who penned the prose is supererudite Curtis, who told Sepp's sordid life story so eloquently that even the New York Times gave it a rave review.) But ghostwriting isn't a crime, right? It is for blogosphere luminary Harriet, who considers Sepp's book one of the signs of literary Armageddon. She's determined to out the ghostwriter, even if it means sabotaging Sepp's book tour. Which is exactly what she does. Before she knows it, Harriet, a bookish babe in her own right, finds herself on the road (and between the sheets) with Sepp. (An unlikely pair if there ever was one, Harriet flashes her intellect, while Sepp flashes his abs.) By turns racy and profound, Haskell Smith writes at Mach speed about what passes for culture in today's often unreal world.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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