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The First Lady and her Dirty Books

The Washington Post’s Tamara Jones has a slightly strange conversation with Laura Bush on books – which shouldn’t have been that strange since the National Book Festival is coming up this weekend, but then you get gems like this, following the revelation that she read LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER in high school:

Was the once-banned classic the steamiest novel she ever read?

“Probably not,” she replies breezily. “I’ve probably read some steamier since.”

Smile.

Silence.

S teamier? Like what?

Smile.

She turns to the librarian of Congress for rescue.

“It’s hard even having to name ones that are steamy, don’t you think, Dr. Billington?”

The librarian of Congress isn’t sure he has heard this correctly. He leans in closer.

“Beg your pardon?” he says.

Which of course, is classic evasion right then and there…

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