Former President Barack Obama released a new reading list on Sunday, recommending five books to help people end their summer on a thoughtful note.
“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,” Obama wrote in a Facebook post.
Obama, an avid reader and author, often recommends books he’s enjoyed reading to the public. The former president’s reading lists tend to be topical and linked to issues he’s focusing on at the time.
Before a trip to Africa earlier this summer, for example, Obama released a reading list centered around African literature.
Through his newest reading list, Obama may be emphasising the need to place stock in facts over emotions or personal bias.
‘Educated,’ by Tara Westover
Obama described “Educated” as 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
Obama called “Warlight,” which is set after World War II, “a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family.”
‘A House for Mr. Biswas,’ by Sir VS Naipaul
Obama said he reread “A House for Mr. Biswas” this summer, describing it as Naipaul’s “first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity.”
Naipaul, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, died on August 11 at the age of 85.
‘An American Marriage,’ by Tayari Jones
Obama characterised “An American Marriage” as “a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.”
‘Factfulness,’ by Hans Rosling
Describing Rosling as an “outstanding international public health expert,” Obama said “Factfulness” is a “hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.”
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