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Summer Reading Obama Buries Himself in Books Carolyn Kaster / AP

Obama Buries Himself in Books

President Obama may be on vacation, but don't expect to see any paparazzi shots of him passed out on the beach—at least not without a book in hand. Obama was spotted Friday at the quaint Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard, where he picked up Daniel Woodrell's The Bayou Trilogy and Rodin's Debutante by Ward Just. Trilogy is a trifecta of crime novels, while Rodin's Debutante is about a "Gatsbyesque character living in a mansion outside robber-baron-era Chicago," according to Amazon.com. The president packed three other books for the trip: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, To the End of the Land by David Grossman, and Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, hailed as the "epic" tale of America's Great Migration.

August 20, 2011 3:37 PM