presidential beach reads

President Obama and his family are off to Martha’s Vineyard for vacation this week, and according to, the president is hoping to get some reading done.  His vacation picks:

  • The Way Home, by George Pelecanos
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded, by Tom Friedman
  • Lush Life, by Richard Price
  • Plainsong, by Kent Haruf
  • John Adams, by David McCullough
  • It’s an interesting list.  David McCullough is someone I’ve long been meaning to read, and I’m familiar with Friedman, although I haven’t read anything by him myself.  But I don’t know anything about the other three books (all novels) or their authors.  Though I would guess our tastes differ somewhat at least, the simple fact that he’s chosen these books to spend his very limited free time with intrigues me.  Have you read any of them?  What did you think?


    ~ by Molly on August 24, 2009.

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