Last weekend was Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. Right after Black Friday. Just before Cyber Monday. Which precedes Green Tuesday. I’m just sayin’…

President Obama and his family got in on the small business support action stopping at the Politics and Prose Bookstore, an independent bookshop in Washington DC.

AbeBooks published Obama’s literary shopping list:

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell

Moonday by Adam Rex

Journey by Aaron Becker

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football by Nicholas Dawidoff

Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories by Carson McCullers

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

All That Is by James Salter

Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

And one of the first books I remember loaning from my neighborhood  library and reading several times:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Yet another list to live up to…including the recently published NY Times Book Review’s list of 100 Notable Books of 2013…of which I managed two of the titles suggested. Thanks to The Brunette for setting that high bar…I’m sure her percentage was deeper into the double digits…

Michael Wade also points to The Washington Post’s Best Books of 2013

And if you still don’t have any ideas, head over to Pinterest where The Book Patrol will be posting gift ideas for the book enthusiasts in your life. Careful now…you’ll get lost for hours over there…

harold

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