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17 Books President Obama Purchased At His Local Independent Bookstore


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President Obama visited his local independent bookstore to celebrate Small Business Saturday this past weekend and the Associated Press caught it all on tape:

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The book-buyer-in-chief picked up "at least two bags of books" at Politics and Prose, attracting a small crowd. When one bystander called out, "I hope you can close Guantanamo," the president replied, "We're working on it. Thank you. Any other issues?"

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All politics aside, here are the titles President Barack Obama purchased, according to the White House:

1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

2. The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

3. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

4. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

5. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

6. Redwall by Brian Jacques

7. Mossflower by Brian Jacques

8. Mattimeo by Brian Jacques

9. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

11. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park

12. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

13. A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More by Doreen Cronin

14. I Spy Sticker Book and Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo

15. Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins

16. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

17. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Happy reading, Mr. President!