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Obama's Book Club: Barack Obama Shares Five Summer Reads That We, The People Will Now Enjoy, Too

BRB. Off to Barnes & Noble.

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It's easy to forget what it's like having a head of state who cares about the educational advancements of the American people. As summer comes to a close, former President Barack Obama has graciously given us some his favorite summer reads to carry with us into the new season. 

“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 wrote on his Facebook before delving into the chosen literary ones. “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.”

1. 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," Obama describes the book. 

2. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

A book set in after WWII, Obama describes Ondaatje's Warlight as "a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family."

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

A House for Mr Biswas follows author V.S. Naipaul's life growing up in Trinidad and his trials establishing a post-colonial identity.

4. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The president isn't the only one singing the praises of Jones' An American Marriage. Obama describes the New York Times bestseller as a "moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple."

5. Factfulness by Hans Rosling


As an international public health expert, Rosling gives us a hopeful read about how the world can be a better place when humans rely on facts rather than inherent biases.

BRB. Hitting up Barnes & Noble. Thank you, Mr. President!


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Malinda is a staff writer for Blavity, freelance content creator, and executive assistant residing in Cleveland, OH. As a proud graduate of Mississippi Valley State University, she loves all things HBCU. In her free time she enjoys being a bomb plant mom, self-care, bottomless mimosas and painting. Contact by email: malindajny@gmail.com