President Obama, a diligent Small Business Saturday shopper, patronized an uber-local independent Washington bookstore called Upshur Street Books for the first time.
The store, which opened in the Northwest quadrant of the nation's capital just over a year ago, highlights the city's "past and present, and work from local authors from poets to politicians." Obama, along with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, carried books in their arms as the president chatted with the store's manager, Anna Thorn.
The shop's window said "Shop Local."
For the past three years, the president has patronized Politics and Prose, a long-established independent bookstore in upper Northwest, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
This year, the Obamas purchased nine books, according to the White House. The list of adult and young adult titles included "Purity: A Novel" by Jonathan Franzen; "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel" by Salman Rushdie; Cynthia Voigt's "Elske: A Novel of the Kingdom," "On Fortune's Wheel," and "Jackaroo: A Novel of the Kingdom"; "A Snicker of Magic" by Natalie Lloyd; "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli; "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8" by Jeff Kinney; and "Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life" by Rachel Renée Russell.
Adele sets album record
Adele's new album, "25," sold an unprecedented 3.38 million copies during its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Adele beat the previous single sales-week record, held by NSYNC's "No Strings Attached" from 2000, by nearly a million copies. For more recent context, Taylor Swift's "1989" had 1.3 million album sales its first week in October 2014. Adele's "25" was released on Nov. 20 and has taken the music industry by storm. It is already the top selling album of the year.
Malta memories: Queen Elizabeth on Saturday wrapped up a nostalgic visit to Malta. The British monarch has close ties to the Mediterranean island, where she lived between 1949 and 1951 while her husband, Prince Philip, was in the Royal Navy. During her visit, the monarch opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth of Britain and many of its former colonies. On Saturday, she crossed the Grand Harbor in the capital, Valletta, in a traditional Maltese wooden boat. She alighted at the spot where her father, King George VI, landed in June 1943 to present Malta with the George Cross in honor of citizens' bravery in withstanding a World War II siege by the forces of Italy and Nazi Germany.