First Draft: Obama’s Bookstore Haul: a Franzen, a Rushdie and a Wimpy Kid

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Photo“Purity,” a novel by Jonathan Franzen.
“Purity,” a novel by Jonathan Franzen.Credit Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times

It might contend something about a epoch that even in his pleasure reading, President Obama can't seem to get divided from a dicey complicated issues of confidence and liberty.

Among a books Mr. Obama picked adult during his annual Small Business Saturday tour was “Purity,” a Jonathan Franzen novel that includes a impression suggestive of Edward J. Snowden and Julian Assange.

Mr. Obama has enjoyed Mr. Franzen’s work before — he purchased “Freedom” for beach reading in 2010.

Mr. Franzen does not aspire to make a criticism of a president’s notice energy with his Snowdenesque character, Andreas Wolf, who is described by Colm Toibin in a New York Times Book Review as “self-obsessed, manipulative and endangered with celebrity and power.” Indeed, in an talk published in T: The New York Times Style Magazine final month, Mr. Franzen positioned himself in a center of a debate.

“Obama’s position is that it’s only metadata and a rather tiny volume of metadata and that intelligent, nationalistic people have talked it over and there are safeguards in place,” Mr. Franzen said. “I can see both sides.”

Of course, it is also probable that Mr. Obama bought a novel as a Christmas gift. Many of a other books that Mr. Obama, who was accompanied by his daughters, Malia and Sasha, bought on Saturday seemed dictated for other, younger readers.

Among them were 3 by a immature adult author Cynthia Voigt, “Jackaroo,” “On Fortune’s Wheel,” and “Elske,” all partial of her array called Tales of a Kingdom. Also in his bag were “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck,” by Jeff Kinney; “Dork Diaries 1: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life,” by Rachel Renée Russell; “A Snicker of Magic,” by Natalie Lloyd; and “Stargirl,” by Jerry Spinelli.

The other some-more grown-up book he chose was “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” a novel by Salman Rushdie.

Mr. Obama customarily stops by Politics and Prose, a city’s longstanding bookstore, though this year opted for Upshur Street Books, an eccentric bookstore that non-stop final year in a Petworth neighborhood of Washington.

Afterward, he and his daughters stopped by Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Café for popsicles. The boss chose strawberry and paid $9 in income from a income clip.