Inquiring minds: What book is the President reading?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q.  On the radio, they interviewed the Minnesota author of a book the President is reading, but I didn’t catch the name. Can you help me? It sounds like a book I would like to read.

A.  On a pre-Christmas shopping trip, President Obama bought about 20 books, including “Heart of a Samurai” by Minnesota writer Margi Preus. This is a novel for young adults based on the true story of a boy who became the first Japanese person to set foot on United States territory when he was shipwrecked in 1841 and rescued by a passing American whaling ship.  Preus’ novel was a bestseller and a Newbery Honor Book. The President didn’t say whether he planned to read all the books on his list himself or if he intended some of them as gifts, but you’ll find several copies of “Heart of a Samurai” at the Library.
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Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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