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Barack's book list

President Obama doesn’t really get the whole “vacation” thing. While in Martha’s Vineyard this week he has appointed officials, received daily briefings, held a press conference, played copious amounts of sports, and is working on a reading list that certainly does not resemble proper paperback beach reads. Someone should give him a few good chick-lits.

Want to get a closer look at our commander-in-chief? Check out the list of books he’s planning on breezing through this week, according to USA Today:


The Way Home, by George Pelecanos

A crime thriller involving a father who sent his teenage son to a juvenile prison near DC. Years later the son tries to reform his life, but gets dragged into a world of murder and greed.











Lush Life, by Richard Price

A look at survival in the NYC jungle.












Hot, Flat and Crowded, by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman

Friedman delves into the upcoming Energy-Climate era, explaining how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the internet have combined to bring climate and energy issues to the forefront.









John Adams, by David McCullough


A 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of John Adams, who rose to become the second president.










Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

The lives and struggles within a small Colorado town.



















What’s on your summer reading list?



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  1. Anonymous Eric Peterson Says:

    The screen in the elevator said "Find out what president the president is reading about during his vacation."

    The word "what" refers to things, not people. Also high officials' titles are capitalized even if their names are not included. It is correct to write "I talked to the sheriff". But I must write "I talked to Sheriff Jones" when including his name. If I refer to a specific president (especially the current one), I must write about the President.

    Therefore your subject line should read "Find out which president the President is reading about during his vacation."