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‘Al Franken, Giant of the Senate’ by Al Franken

There are plenty of laughs in the former Saturday Night Live writer and performer’s memoir, and much of it comes as he shares his experience of suppressing his sense of humor while campaigning for his current gig as a senator from Minnesota… his staff frequently has to remind him that certain comments are for “inside the car,” he writes. But along with tales of making Mitch McConnell laugh, writing songs with Orrin Hatch, and hating Ted Cruz, Franken includes multiple chapters on his years at SNL, including the drug culture during his time at the show, how Norm MacDonald — and politics — led him to leave SNL, and how the alcoholism of his wife and his SNL writing partner led to the creation of Stuart Smalley and Franken’s screenplay for the movie When a Man Loves a Woman.

(Grand Central Publishing)

Beach Reads: 16 Great TV-Themed Books for the Summer

It’s beach season, and if the thought of interrupting your binge-watching is too much to bear, let us give you 16 ways to have your TV and sand surfin’ time, too. Click through this slideshow to check out this season’s best TV-themed book releases.

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