Barack Obama has been praised for the literary quality of his two books: "Dreams from My Father" (1995) and "The Audacity of Hope" (2006). But does it run in the family? With books from his sister, mother, and one brother soon to be available, we may have a chance to find out.
The president's half-brother George has a book coming out next month from Simon & Schuster. "Homeland" is co-written with author-journalist Damien Lewis and is expected to tell the story of George Obama's fall into crime and poverty as a teenager, and his later embrace of community organizing and advocacy for the poor.
George's ties with his famous brother are somewhat distant. They never met till 1987 when Barack traveled to Kenya. Most recently, George was in the news earlier this year when he was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. (Charges were later dropped.)
Perhaps closer to the president's heart will be the work of the late S. Ann Dunham, his mother. "Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia," the doctoral dissertation Dunham wrote when she earned her PhD from the University of Hawaii, is being released by Duke University Press tomorrow.