Barack Obama Just Revealed His Summer Reading List
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
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
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
3. A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
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
4. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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
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
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