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The Obamas by Jodi Kantor


I'm sure many of you are wondering where I've been for the past couple months, and why haven't I been posting.  I haven't been reading nearly as much as I used to--lately, it's been hard for me to finish a book that I start, and I've found that non-fiction (a genre I hardly ever read) is what I tend to finish reading.  It's been annoying me very much that I just can't get into a fiction book because there are so many (as there usually are) that I want to read that sound and look so good and there are so few hours in the day!  I have a few reviews backlogged of some non-fiction books that I've read since the new year started.  Here's hoping the fiction dry spell dries up soon...

New York Times correspondent, Jodi Kantor, who has covered the Obamas since 2007, offers an in-depth portrait of the first couple.

I don’t usually read non-fiction, and I’ve written on this blog before that usually what happens when I start a non-fiction book is that I get so far before I get bored with it, and then I ditch it for something better on the horizon—usually a new fiction read.  I am currently stuck in the middle of another non-fiction book that was good up to a certain point when I started getting bored with the content of the chapters.  I took a hiatus from that one to read this one, and I may or may not return to the previous book.

Anyway, this book has really long chapters, and really long chapters annoy me, but overall, the book is a fascinating read and kept my interest chapter after chapter.  To be honest, I was surprised when I got to the last page, and I turned it for the next chapter only to find that it was indeed the last chapter. 
In some places the book focuses more on Barack Obama rather than focusing equally between Barack and Michelle.  To be honest, I was more interested in reading about her than about the president, and I would have enjoyed reading more about her.

I recommend you read this book if you enjoy reading about behind-the-scenes in politics.  It’s available in county.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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