The common touch: Pollsters say voters want politicians to connect with their concerns and way of life. One of the symbolic ways presidents do this is by stopping by sandwich shops and burger joints. Is there a literary equivalent? Or, if you consider yourself one of those people whom the president just doesn't understand, you may submit a book from your own reading list.
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Correction, Aug. 5, 2010: This article originally described the central character in The Stranger as "an unrepentant killer of Arabs." The character, Meursault, killed only one Arab. ( Return to the corrected sentence.)