Hard to imagine the press minions who worked for the previous administration releasing a list of books George W. Bush planned to read on vacation -- probably because those liberal smartypants types would bring their overt prejudice to bear against titles such asThe Pet Goat
. In contrast, Barack Obama's handlers seem excited to let everyone knowwhat the Prez plans to peruse during his week of R&R
, and that makes sense, since he seems to have fine taste in popular literature. Thumbs up to selections by Richard Price (Lush Life
) and George P. Pelecanos (The Way Home
), both of whom have been previously profiled inWestword
. (Clickhere to read our 2004 piece on Price
, and here forhighlights from our 2003 chat with Pelecanos
.) And the same goes forPlainsong
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, by Colorado author Kent Haruf, which the U.K.'sTelegraph
newspaper describes as a "quiet, gently uplifting novel" about "a year in a small fictional town near Denver" that represents Obama's "gesture towards literary seriousness."
Westword has urged the folks in charge of the One Book One Denver campaign to make a similar gesture in both 2008 and 2009, but to no avail. It'd be great if Obama's advocacy gave Plainsong a chance to be chosen in 2010 -- because we're still not ready to turn the page.