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The Obamas' summer reading list

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What will the First Family be reading on Martha's Vineyard this summer? The president's reading list has already been announced. White House spokesman Bill Burton listed five titles that will be traveling with Obama.

The five books (all of which will undoubtedly see sales increases this week) are "The Way Home" by George Pelecanos, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" by Thomas Friedman, "Lush Life" by Richard Price, "Plainsong" by Kent Haruf, and "John Adams" by David McCullough. It's a good mix (one thriller, one global explicator, one novel set in a big city, one novel set on the prairie, and one biography) but taken together it means a lot of reading. As CNN points out, the president will have to read 300 pages a day if he really intends to finish all five books during his one-week vacation.

It's also a monochromatic list when it comes to authors – all white males. Slate made the snarky suggestion that, "[G]iven his aides' penchant for cleaning up little things like this, we'll soon see the president with a copy of Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women."


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