President's Reading List Leans Toward Fiction as Island Vacation Begins

Vineyard author Ward Just’s latest novel is among President Obama’s reading choices for his summer vacation on the Island.

In addition to purchasing several books for his daughters Friday during a visit to Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven, the President bought two books for himself: The Bayou Trilogy, a collection of three short noir novels by Daniel Woodrell; and Rodin’s Debutante, Mr. Just’s coming-of-age novel set in Chicago where he grew up, the White House said.

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Summer White House: Following the First Family

President Obama arrived on the Vineyard yesterday afternoon to begin a 10-day vacation with his family, marking his third consecutive August visit to the Island during his presidency. Like the last two years, the arrival was low-key and closed to the public. Traveling with the President were White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan and deputy press secretary John Earnest, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, White House photographer Pete Souza, and the family dog, Bo, freshly groomed for the trip.

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First Family Arrives on the Island with Little Fanfare
Remy Tumin

President Obama arrived on the Vineyard yesterday afternoon to begin a 10-day vacation with his family, marking his third consecutive August visit to the Island during his presidency. Like the last two years, the arrival was low-key and closed to the public. Traveling with the President were White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan and deputy press secretary John Earnest, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, White House photographer Pete Souza, and the family dog, Bo, freshly groomed for the trip.

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President Obama to Return to Island
Peter Brannen

President Barack Obama and the First Family are expected to return to the Vineyard in a little over a week for their third consecutive summer vacation on the Island.

The White House press office yesterday could not officially confirm the dates of the president’s arrival. But it is understood that Mr. Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two children will visit the Vineyard between August 17 and August 28 this year. The expected arrival date is understood to be August 18.

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