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Notable: Presidential primers

President-elect Barack Obama's own books, Dreams From My Father, The Audacity of Hope and Change We Can Believe In, have shot up bestseller lists since Nov. 4. Here are three more books that offer background.

The American Journey of Barack Obama (Little, Brown), compiled by the editors of Life, has everything from a family tree and childhood snapshots to photos of the presidential campaign and essays by Sen. Edward Kennedy, Regina Barreca, Andrei Codrescu and more.

The Faith of Barack Obama (Thomas Nelson) by Stephen Mansfield is a thoughtful, carefully researched analysis of Obama's Christian faith by the bestselling conservative author (The Faith of George Bush).

Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama (Feiwel & Friends) by Garen Thomas is an informative, entertaining look at the next president's life story, for readers ages 9 to 12.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Presidential primers 11/15/08 [Last modified: Saturday, November 15, 2008 3:31am]

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