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Barack Obama Just Revealed His Summer Reading List

From a compelling memoir to an old classic, here's what the 44th president is reading this summer.
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President Barack Obama shared his summer reading list on Facebook over the weekend, reminding us that he's still eager to learn as much about the world as possible after leaving office—and ready to share that knowledge with others. "One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it’s on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon," he wrote in the Facebook post. "This summer I've been absorbed by new novels, revisited an old classic, and reaffirmed my faith in our ability to move forward together when we seek the truth."

Here are the five books he has read over the last few months:

1. Educated by Tara Westover

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Tara Westover was almost an adult by the time she first stepped foot in a school classroom. Raised by a family of survivalists in Idaho, she spent her childhood focused on doomsday preparation instead of math, history, science, and grammar. But when her older brother, who fled the family to go to college, returns with the news of a big, expansive world beyond their home compound, Westover left home to learn more about the world around her—and, in turn, about herself. Educated is a compelling memoir about self-discovery, perspective, and loyalty.

2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

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Warlight is the latest from Michael Ondaatje, the acclaimed author of The English Patient. It follows the young Nathaniel and Rachel, two children whose parents have moved from London for Singapore and left them in the charge of a stranger known as the Moth. Nathaniel sets out to dsicover his own identity, navigating the underworld of post-war England to understand his origins—and where he will end up.

3. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

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The Nobel Prize-winning novelist V.S. Naipaul died this month, so this pick is a timely one. It tells the story of the 46-year-old Mohun Biswas, and the Indian diaspora on Trinidad and Tobago. Naipaul's long-suffering protagonist struggles after the death of his father as he seeks independence without much success. After marrying into the emotionally domineering Tusli family, Biswas begins to search in earnest for a sense of himself. First published in 1961, A House for Mr. Biswas was Naipul's first international success and a masterpiece of post-colonial literature.

4. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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This bestselling novel follows newlyweds Celestial and Roy, a young couple in the South. But when Roy is wrongfully accused of a crime—and is sentenced to 12 years in prison—Celestial must persevere as she embarks on a life alone. Tayari Jones's novel is a stirring, emotional, and heartbreaking examination of a relationship torn apart—and a hopeful tale of resilience and love.

5. Factfulness by Hans Rosling

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Let's face it: We live in a world dominated by cries of "Fake News." It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction—and there are plenty of people capitalizing on the muddiness of the truth. Swedish academic Hans Rosling examines why, exactly, it's so difficult to understand objective truth, and his book breaks down the 10 psychological instincts that allow our perspective to be skewed. It's ultimately an uplifting argument for why truth—and fact—will win out over disinformation in the long run.

From: Esquire US

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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