A reader ( Ha! Get it? Nevermind.) sent me a link to a New York Times story about trends in reading broken down by partisan affiliation.
To sum it up it says that liberals read more.
I don't trust the findings in the New York Time's because it doesn't seem like it is a research project, just one former Democratic law maker's opinion. But it doesn't really matter. The point is I am interested in what my readers are reading.
But in the interest of balance to show both sides have readers have you folks heard how much Bush reads?
I was listening to an interview with Karl Rove on the Rush Limbaugh show the other day and Rove was saying he and the president have been racing to see who could read the most books. Karl Rove says he won but both of them were around 100 books a year.
Here is an article on what has been on George W. Bush's reading list.
Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar by Edvard Radzinsky
American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin (a biography of Robert Oppenheimer, an inventor of the atomic bomb)
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss (about the late all-star Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder)
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine
Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Ronald C. White Jr.
Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky (discussing how polio affected the United States in the mid-20th century)
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky ( Note from Brian, this is a great book)
The Stranger by Albert Camus
In addition, local Democrats are starting a book club. Republicans take my tip. Hand over Harry Potter books and keep them too busy to campaign. Click on continue reading to find out more about the book club.
Here is the Democratic announcement about their book club.
I was tabling at the Ventura County Democrats' fair booth table last Sunday and I recommended George Lakoff's "Don't Think of an Elephant" to someone and she said "...how did you know I read?" My response to her was "You're a Democrat, mam."
It seems as if people in Democratic politics have somehow forgotten that what really binds us together is something the the Republicans don't have...we are the Party of inclusion and INTELLECTUALISM...we read good and thoughtful books, we are the Party of deep thinkers.
Susan Brauner, myself, and a number of others have been talking about having a book club for some time...because we are always recommending books to each other, yet never going much further than that.
I would like to invite you, friends and colleauges on my personal email list, to join us the 4th Thursday of each month to regroup, read, and enjoy the informal company of fellow Democrats. It doesn't cost a penny, you don't have to commit to a certain number of door-knocks or phone banks, and everyone will certaintly have an equal shot at saying what they think.
The purpose of this group is to bring the young and the old, the active and the not-so-active, the readers and the thinkers together...so bring a friend, a significant-other, or someone who just wants to spend some time with other BLUE book-worms.
I hope you can make it, additional information is below. In the interest of preventing the host's home address from being forwarded around, please RSVP if you can come and Susan's home and directions will be sent to you.
I can't wait to read our first book!
Brown-Bag It Book Club
Fourth Thursday of Every Month
The home of Susan Brauner in Newbury Park
Brown-bag your dinner-snack and join fellow Democrats
for dialogue, discussion, and Democratic values.
The first meeting of the Brown-Bag Book Club will be on Thursday, August 23rd. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since we haven't picked a book yet and want everyone in on the first run,
come to discuss the most recent politically-slanted books you have read or heard of, what you would like to see out of the book club,
and to decide what we should read for the September meet-up.