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A Planner’s Reading List for 2010

So many books, so little of anything approximating time. Nevertheless, 2010 promises to deliver a fresh batch of reading material, some of it illuminating and some of it not. Here are a few to look for in the months ahead.

• “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime— by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin looks at the main presidential campaigns using interviews and their own firsthand reporting experience. Release date: Jan. 11.

• “Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House— by Stacy Parker Aab shares her memories of working as a young woman in the Clinton White House. Release date: Jan. 19.

• “Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation— by historian Ellen Fitzpatrick launches at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Release date: Feb. 23.

• “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness— by Mitt Romney covers the economy, the military, jobs, education, health care, energy and citizenship. Release date: March 2.

• “Capitol Betrayal— by William Bernhardt is a novel about foreign infiltration of U.S. defense and a president who is mentally unstable. Release date: March 16.

• “A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke— by James Horn, tells for the first time the complete story of what happened to the Roanoke colonists and their descendants. Release date: April 1.

• “Super— by Jim Lehrer is a tale of trains in 1956, a dying millionaire and Clark Gable. Release date: April 10.

• “2010: Take Back America: A Battle Plan— by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann discusses ways that conservatives can take back the Congressional majority. Release date: April 13.

• “At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved the Union— by Robert Remini, is not House Historian Remini’s first book on Clay. This one tells the story of Clay’s brokering of a bipartisan compromise. Release date: May 10.

• “Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle Over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama— by James Patterson takes a close look at the report that permanently altered the way we talk about race in America. Release date: May 10.

• An “inspirational memoir,— as yet untitled, by Jenny Sanford, the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), who admitted to an extramarital affair with an Argentine woman. Release date: May.

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