the_bayou_trilogy_web.jpgCHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — A vacationing President Barack Obama seemed to be in search of drama, passion and intrigue – at least in his reading material.

The White House said Obama bought two books at a Martha’s Vineyard shop and brought three others in Washington for his 10-day stay.

One book is The Bayou Trilogy, a collection of crime novels by Daniel Woodrell set in Louisiana swampland. The other is Rodin’s Debutante by Ward Just, a coming-of-age novel set in mid-20th-century Chicago.

Obama arrived with Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, a novel about Ethiopian twins who journey to America; David Grossman’s To the End of the Land, a turbulent family drama set in Israel; and The Warmth of Other Suns, an epic about America's great migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

Photo: The Bayou Trilogy