Barack Obama shares his summer reading list

Former President Barack Obama shared his annual summer reading list over the weekend.

Obama posted the list to his Facebook page and said he's been into both new novels and an old classic.

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, Obama said in the post.

The following books made his summer list:

"Educated," by Tara Westover

A remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love for the world she leaves behind.

"Warlight," by Michael Ondaatje

Set after WWII, Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family.

"A House for Mr Biswas," by V.S. Naipaul

With the recent passing of V.S. Naipaul, I reread A House for Mr Biswas, the Nobel Prize winner's first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity.

"An American Marriage," by Tayari Jones

A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.

"Factfulness," by Hans Rosling

An outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.​​​​​​​

 

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