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Monday, August 22, 2011

Obama's Reading List~Wonder If Oprah Helped Select?


Random House, Inc., announced today that President Obama's new Summer Reading List is revealed by a leading bookish newspaper out of NYC...guess who!

It seems that Obama is also a buyer from Indie bookshops which makes him a "good guy" in the eyes of many of us who want to see books kept alive and well in this crumbling economic market.  ('though I have to say, I want to keep Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other such larger chains going, as well...we need them!)

One of the books in particular is a huge favorite of mine and was on the Oprah reading list this past year; "Cutting for Stone."  I reviewed it here.  It really is one of the finest novels I've read~about twin boys who are raised in a hospital outpost in Ethiopia, are self-educated in medicine, and become exceptional doctors each in their own specialities.  The book has incredible love stories.  It's a book that reminds me of Isabel Allende's "House of Spirits."

Aside from that, here's a summary of "Cutting for Stone" in case you'd like to pick up the paperback to get inside the President's head this August!  :]

This summary is taken from Barnes & Noble:

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.


Oh, go on...take a walk on the wild side...read "Cutting for Stone," because you'll really love it!

Deborah/TheBookishDame

PS:  I highly recommend Isabel Allenda's "The House of Spirits," as well.  It's a timeless novel~magical and revolutionary; a women's novel with strong women political role-models.  A very memorable novel with significance in today's world of political struggles for independence...

3 comments:

bermudaonion

I love that Obama supports indies! My book club is reading Cutting for Stone in October and I'm really looking forward to it.

Elizabeth

Cutting for Stone is outstanding.

Mrs. Q: Book Addict

Cutting Stone is on my tbr list. I think it's great that Obama supports Indies. I just found your blog.

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