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Barack Obama Shares a List of Summer Reading Recommendations

Barack Obama Shares a List of Summer Reading Recommendations

Barack Obama Shares a List of Summer Reading Recommendations

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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.

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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.”

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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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