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Obama Buys 17 Titles At Independent Bookstore

30 November 2014

From The Huffington Post:

President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers to remember to patronize these mom-and-pop outlets while doing their holiday shopping.

He bought bags of books — 17 titles in all — during a stop at Politics and Prose, a popular Washington bookstore now owned by a former Washington Post reporter and his wife, also a former Post reporter who also worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House and State Department.

In recent years, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been advertised as “Small Business Saturday.” It’s designed to drive foot traffic to independent businesses in between the frenzy of Black Friday sales at mass retailers and the Cyber Monday deals available online.

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Among the books in the president’s shopping bags for mature readers were “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” by New Yorker writer Evan Osnos, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by surgeon Atul Gawande and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

For younger readers, Obama’s purchases included three titles in the “Redwall” series by Brian Jacques, two titles in the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park and “A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More” by Doreen Cronin.

Link to the rest at The Huffington Post and thanks to Dave for the tip.


11 Comments to “Obama Buys 17 Titles At Independent Bookstore”

  1. What, no Das Kapital?


  2. Why, James Patterson will be so pleased… But surely Barack can do more to support the traditional publishers — er, I mean Literary Culture?

  3. With his track record of what he says verses what he does, I’d guess these books were picked out because they were the right size to raise the bed and stop his desk from rocking back and forth …

  4. Yesterday some guy from Melville is pushing independent bookstores. Today it’s Obama. Click, click, click.

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