Obama summer reading list has drama, crime, epics

August 20, 2011 - 11:30 AM
Obama Vacation

President Barack Obama, with his daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama, not seen, waves as they leave the Bunch of Grapes book store in Vineyard Haven, Mass., Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, during a family vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — A vacationing President Barack Obama seems to be in search of drama, passion and intrigue — at least in his reading material.

The White House says Obama bought two books at a Martha's Vineyard shop on Friday and brought three others from Washington for his 10-day stay.

One new book is "The Bayou Trilogy," a collection of crime novels by Daniel Woodrell set in Louisiana swampland. The other is "Rodin's Debutante" by Ward Just, a coming-of-age novel set in mid-20th- Century Chicago.

He arrived with Abraham Verghese's "Cutting for Stone," a novel about Ethiopian twins who journey to America; David Grossman's "To the End of the Land," a turbulent family drama set in Israel; and "The Warmth of Other Suns," an epic about America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson.