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Obama’s Vacation Reading List

I would be curious to find out what the current Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper is reading these days.  I did come across the book list that President Obama planned to read during his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.  We can all  thank  his Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton for this piece of information.  Obama took  five books and I’ve listed them below.  There a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and all the authors are American, I think that sublimely sends the message of buy local and read for both pleasure and knowledge.   Enjoy the list:

The Way Home by George Pelecanos: Set in Washington DC, this thriller revolves around Chris Flynn, a 26-year-old released from a stint in juvenile detention. While working for his father as a carpet layer, he discovers a sack of money stashed under the floorboards at a job site, setting in place a chain of life-altering events. Pelecanos is a celebrated crime novelist, and was a writer for HBO’s award winning series The Wire. The book traverses familiar terrain─racial tensions, urban decay, and difficult family relationships.

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman: The follow up to his bestseller The World is Flat, Friedman explores the impact of climate change and the possibilities for American leadership. He draws links between global warming and a crisis of American identity in the face of economic globalism.

Lush Life by Richard Price: Another crime novel, Lush Life centers on a shooting in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, exploring it’s ramifications in an already volatile community. Price has been writing since the early 1970s and is perhaps best known for his novel Clockers, which was made into a film directed by Spike Lee. He’s written screenplays including The Color of Money and the short film to promote Michael Jackson’s album Bad. Interestingly, Price also wrote for The Wire.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf: Plainsong is a novel set in the small, fictional town of Holt, Colo. It follows the intersecting lives of several residents and the impact a local schoolteacher has upon them. Haruf has written four novels set in fictional Holt.

John Adams by David McCullough: This Pulitzer Prize-winner needs no introduction. Based on the life of America’s second president, it was also the basis for HBO’s award winning seven-part miniseries by the same name.

August 25, 2009 - Posted by | Art, Books, Business, Creativity, Government, Sustainability | , , , , , , , , , ,

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