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Barack's books for summer

While President Obama is at Martha's Vineyard this weekend, the White House announced he plans on reading five books during his week-long vacation. Which novels made the presidential cut?

Barack's books for summerThe 'O' book club

No, we're not talking Oprah! When it comes to reading, Ms Winfrey is not the only person in the spotlight inspiring people to pick up a few books.

President Barack Obama has an extensive summer reading list and many people nationwide are taking note. His staff released the fab five, otherwise known as "Barack's books."

George Pelecanos's The Way Home, Richard Price's The Lush Life, Tom Friedman's Hot, Flat and Crowded, David McCullough's John Adams and Kent Haruf's Plainsong.

The collective 2,300 pages equates to reading approximately 300 pages each day.

Granted, this was announced prior to the passing of Senator Teddy Kennedy of whom's funeral President Obama will give one of the eulogies.

However, he may be credited for the booming sales of the above mentioned books. Sales have catapulted for those fab five on after the book announcements were made.

Consider this: The Way Home was number 33,349 earlier this week on As for now? It ranks at number 328. A Lush Life was at 74,289 and has now zoomed up to 10,295. Hot, Flat and Crowded was nestled in spot 231 and moved up to number 41.

Barack's books for summerIn fact, President Obama's reading list has helped authors even surpass his own bestselling titles, Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father.

Not to be outdone, due to the timing Peter Canellos' book, Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy is now at number 75.

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