In a Facebook post on Sunday night, Barack Obama put out a short list of books he’s been reading this summer.
According to him, ‘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. 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’s what I’ve been reading’.
The books Obama recommended are:
“Educated” by Tara Westover, a memoir about a woman who leaves her survivalist Idaho roots behind;
“Warlight” by Michael Ondaatje, a post-World War II novel that Obama says is “a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family;”
“An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones, about a newlywed black attorney wrongly convicted of rape;
“Factfulness” a tome by Swedish academic Hans Rosling on the “secret silent miracle of human progress,” and;
“A House for Mr. Biswas,” considered to be the first, great novel by the late V.S. Naipaul.