A few weeks ago I wrote a column on the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird. I loved the book and so do millions of Americans. And I am pleased to see that President Barack Obama shares our taste in great southern literature. The Associated Press reports that he picked up a copy of Mockingbird as well as The Red Pony for his daughters during a family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

Read about it at http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/2622688,CST-NWS-obama21.article

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — President Obama began his 10-day vacation on a studious note Friday, stopping at a Martha’s Vineyard bookstore to buy books for his daughters and himself, then playing golf.

Among the president’s purchases at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, according to cashier Leroy Hazelton, were To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.

For himself, the president bought Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, aides said. It’s not on sale yet, but the store gave him an advance copy.

Three hours after his bookstore visit, Obama was at Vineyard Golf Club, teeing off under bright sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s