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Obama's bookshelf

President Obama has been staying up late with Joseph O’Neill’s novel Netherland, he told the NY Times Magazine.

The story follows a Dutch financial analyst living in NY who rediscovers his love of cricket after separating from his wife. "It's fascinating,” Obama told Newsweek. “It's a wonderful book, although I know nothing about cricket."

When does the president find time to read? “I usually have about a half hour to read before I go to bed … about midnight, 12:30 a.m. – sometimes a little later,” he said.

Netherland, which has been compared to the Great Gatsby, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
So if you want to feel more presidential, or you're just a night owl like Obama, pick up a copy of Netherland and learn a thing or two about cricket.

In related news, the Obamas plan to host the ninth National Book Festival Sept. 26 on the National Mall. The daylong event was started in 2001 by former first lady Laura Bush, a retired teacher and school librarian. It’s free and open to the public and will feature about 70 award-winning authors, poets and illustrators.

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