Barack Obama Shares His 2019 Summer Reading List

As summer’s end approaches—bringing with it and end to the time for summer reads—former President Barack Obama has shared some of what he’s been reading this season. In his summer reading list for 2019, Obama has highlighted books that span genres and feature authors from a variety of backgrounds, from veterans like Colson Whitehead and Téa Obreht to newer voices like Stephanie Land and Lauren Wilkinson.

In an Instagram post, Obama shared his picks for what to read this summer. He suggested starting with reading or re-reading the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison‘s collected works, including Beloved, Song of Solomon and The Bluest Eye. “You’ll be glad you read them,” he wrote. “And while I’m at it, here are a few more titles you might want to explore.”

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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.

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Obama’s other picks include:

The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead (2019)

One of the most anticipated books of summer 2019, the Pulitzer Prize winner’s latest novel follows a black teenager in 1960s Florida who unexpectedly ends up at an abusive reform school and befriends another boy there. Inspired by a real reform school, Whitehead explores America’s relationship with racism through the horrors of the Jim Crow South.

Exhalation, Ted Chiang (2019)

The latest short story collection from Chiang, who wrote the story that is the basis for the award-winning movie Arrival, tackles many of humanity’s most pressing questions through tales about free will, evolution and alternative universes.

Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel (2009)

This Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel completely reimagines sixteenth century England under Henry VIII. Mantel examines a society experiencing complicated and rapid change through her fictional portrait of Henry’s advisor, Thomas Cromwell.

Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami (2014)

From ex-boyfriends to bartenders, the characters in the seven stories in bestselling Japanese writer Haruki Kurakami’s short story collection deal with loneliness as many have lost the women in their lives. The stories oscillate between mysterious, dark and, at times, humorous, to paint a complicated picture of the dynamics between men and women.

American Spy, Lauren Wilkinson (2019)

Structured as a letter addressed to her two young sons, this thriller is centered around Marie Mitchell, a black FBI intelligence officer. American Spy travels in time betweem Marie’s upbringing in 1960s Queens and her spy work during the Cold War to highlight the trials of a protagonist questioning her identity as a …read more

Source:: Time – Entertainment

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