Thursday, April 30, 2009

A President Who Reads Serious Novels??

Want to read what our president is reading? In a recent interview, President Obama mentioned that briefing notebooks are beginning to wear on him, so in the evenings he has started reading the novel Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill. The book was named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times last year -- in fact, one of the paper's reviewer described it as stunning, "with echoes of The Great Gatsby. Wow. Another called it "the wittiest, angriest, most exacting, and most desolate work of fiction we've yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell." O'Neill writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly and has written two previous novels and a family history. Join President Obama and stop by Broadway Books to pick up your own copy! Maybe you can chat about it with him next time he's in town.

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