Seems like Barack Obama plans to catch up on his summer reading with titles including ‘The Bayou Trilogy’ by Daniel Woodrell.
Barack Obama has chosen Daniel Woodrell’s acclaimed slice of noir crime fiction The Bayou Trilogy, where “corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life”, for his holiday reading.
The beleaguered American president will be relaxing in Martha’s Vineyard with his family and an eclectic collection of books, from Woodrell’s tales of detective Rene Shade taking on “hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past”, to Isabel Wilkerson’s charting of the migration of black citizens from America’s deep south, The Warmth of Other Sons.
The Pulitzer-prize winning Wilkerson’s history is the only piece of non-fiction Obama has picked to read on holiday this year, with the lure of fiction proving stronger than fact as the US leader faces soaring federal debt and widespread unemployment in his country.
The White House told the American press that, as well as purchasing Woodrell’s trilogy and Ward Just’s novel Rodin’s Debutante, a coming-of-age story about a sculptor in 20th-century Chicago, at the independent bookstore Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard, Obama also brought with him another two novels: David Grossman’s To the End of the Land, and Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone.
Grossman’s highly praised novel tells of an Israeli mother who leaves on a hike to avoid hearing bad news about her soldier son, while the Verghese moves from India to Ethiopia to New York as it traces the lives of twin brothers born to an Indian nun and a British surgeon.
“Chances are Obama is reading some other things, too,” speculated the Los Angeles Times. “Even though he’s on vacation, he’s probably keeping up with the news.”
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