Barack Obama Shares a List of Summer Reading Recommendations
Featuring the works of Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Ted Chiang, and more.
Barack Obama, the former president who’s consistently demonstrated singular curatorial chops amongst former and current commanders-in-chief, has a very useful list to reference on your next library run.
Earlier this week, Obama took to Facebook to share14 fiction and non-fiction titles that have kept him busy this summer along with back-cover praise for each book. The list commences with a few words for the late Toni Morrison, who passed earlier this month. “Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them.”
The list rolls through collections of short stories from Ted Chiang and Haruki Murakami, as well as Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, and Nicholas Carr’s Nobel-contending, The Shallows.
You can see Barack Obama’s full list of summer reading recommendations below, as well as an abbreviated version, sans synopsis. But, you know, maybe just read it?
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It's August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I've been reading this summer, in case you're looking for some suggestions. To start, you can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them. And while I’m at it, here are a few more titles you might want to explore.