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Barack Obama goes shopping for books


Barack Obama and family went book shopping on Saturday in Washington DC. I love how this article comments how both his daughters wore jeans – as if what the president’s daughters wear was remotely important.

The Obamas bought the following books:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a pretty disappointing book in my humble opinion but it won a Pulitzer Prize, so what do I know? The Phantom Tollbooth, on the other hand, is a magnificent book and I hope he reads it aloud to those two girls. It’s a beautiful book to read to children as it’s so full of word play. My nine-year-old has read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick and she gave it a thumbs up.

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Richard Davies

2 Responses to “Barack Obama goes shopping for books”

  1. You might want to check your book links again…
    And just a couple notes that might be of interest: The Phantom Tollbooth was recently re-released in a special 50th Anniversary Edition as well as an Annotated version.
    “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” is the inspiration for the new 3D movie “Hugo” directed by Martin Scorsese which is in theaters now, and the author of the book, Brian Selznick also just came out with another book called “Wonderstruck” which is just as good if not better than his first one.

  2. Richard Davies

    Thanks, Tim – it’s fixed.

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