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Obama Reads Netherland

Guilt Trips: President Obama Finds Time to Read — Do You?

That's it. If the president has time to read a novel, there is no viable excuse left not to. Maybe he's starting his own viral campaign for literacy?

In an interview for an upcoming New York Times Magazine, the president said he's reading the acclaimed novel Netherland at night because he's tired of reading briefing books all day. Fair enough. What did we expect the president to do at night — watch The Real Housewives of NYC?

The book's been compared to The Great Gatsby, but what's it about?

Hans, a Dutch financial analyst living in lower Manhattan, grows increasingly alienated from his wife following the Sept. 11 attacks. During their separation, the main character spends a Summer alone in New York and strikes up a friendship with a wily Trinidadian businessman named Chuck, who helps Hans rediscover his childhood love of cricket.

Cricket? I'm in. I expect to see sales of Netherland skyrocket. Maybe Obama is the new Oprah?

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