While her husband Dubya prefers The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Laura Bush is quite the reader. She recently cited the "The Grand Inquisitor" section of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov as her favorite piece of literature. This section features Jesus Christ suffering at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition.

"It's about life, and it's about death, and it's about Christ," she recently said, cutting through all that pesky ambiguity in the novel. "I find it really reassuring."

Quips New York Observer columnist Ron Rosenbaum, "I guess it depends on what you mean by ‘reassuring.’ If you think the single most vicious and profound satiric attack on organized religion is reassuring, then this is the book for you. I’m down with Laura on that."