Barack Obama’s upbringing and political development have been well documented, but David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, delivers a riveting presentation of Obama’s “political, racial, and sentimental education”  in The Bridge (Harper Collins, $29.95). An outstanding example of “biographical journalism,” Remnick’s book follows his subject through all phases and locations of his life, examining how Obama grew from “Barry” to Barack, how he defined himself vis-a-vis each of his parents, how he honed his public and private personalities through community organizing and relationships with mentors such as Chicago mayor Harold Washington, and the way he brought his diverse experiences to bear on his run for the presidency.


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ISBN: 9780375702303
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Published: Vintage - January 11th, 2011

With its colorful cast of characters and backstage dramas, Game Change (Harper, $27.99) was making headlines even as it was fleshing out the stories of the 2008 presidential election. Written by John Heilemann, currently a national political correspondent for New York magazine, and Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time magazine, this chronicle of the Edwardses, the Clintons, Sarah Palin, John McCain, their advisors, supporters, and detractors, is a lively mix of politics and personalities, as well as a vivid picture of campaign strategy in action.

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ISBN: 9780061733642
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 26th, 2010

Lorrie Moore taps into 21st-century unease through her young protagonist, Tassie Keljin. Tassie grew up in a hick town in the Middle West and reflects on the world she moves into at the prestigious state university. In order to make ends meet, she applies for a position in child care and finds one with Sarah Brink, a woman who owns a French restaurant in town. She accompanies the woman when she adopts a biracial two-year-old and becomes a nanny for the child. All of this provides opportunities for Tassie to reflect on food culture, residual racism, urban/rural discontinuities. Furthermore, Tassie’s brother enlists in the Army because his grades aren’t good enough to get him into college. Moore tackles the gut issues of our times: war/peace, race, and class. She does so in her distinctive voice, joking and punning so that we are laughing and nodding at the same time.

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ISBN: 9780375708466
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Published: Vintage - August 24th, 2010