Former Speaker of the House John Boehner revealed the cover of his forthcoming book, and it’s…really something.
The defiantly retro cover of On the House: A Washington Memoir, scheduled for publication next year, features an image of the Republican politician seated in a burgundy leather armchair, holding a large glass of red wine while a cigarette smolders in an ashtray. (Boehner is well known for his love of wine and tobacco.)
Politico reports that the book will include stories about Boehner’s interactions with politicians including Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
“It’s the most honest memoir about how Washington really works ever written,” said Matt Latimer, a founder of literary agency Javelin, which negotiated Boehner’s book deal.
On Twitter, though, it’s the cover of the book, not the contents, that has people talking.
“I don't know if Boehner is about to release a memoir, cut a deal with me, begin singing a bunch of lounge covers or ask me who we are going to whack,” tweeted journalist Eric Michael Garcia.
I don't know if Boehner is about to release a memoir, cut a deal with me, begin singing a bunch of lounge covers or ask me who we are going to whack. pic.twitter.com/tZqr7maOqH— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) September 22, 2020
“Cant wait to read John Boehner's slightly risque noir detective series,” wrote editor Julian Hattem.
And literary podcaster Maris Kreizman tweeted, “Thank you to John Boehner for finally making drinking and smoking seem uncool.”
On the House is slated for publication by Macmillan imprint St. Martin’s Press on April 13, 2021.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.