Obama's Summer Reading List

Including the memoir 'Educated'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2018 7:38 AM CDT
5 Books on Obama's Summer Reading List
In this September 2016 file photo, President Obama looks out over Turtle Beach as he tours Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Book lover Barack Obama is out with a summer reading list. The five making the cut in his new Facebook post:

  • Educated, 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." (On Twitter, Westover wrote, "Um, I don't have words....but I'm very grateful.")
  • Warlight, Michael Ondaatje: Set after World War II, this book "is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family."
  • A House for Mr Biswas, VS Naipaul: The author's death prompted Obama to reread "the Nobel Prize winner's first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity."
  • An American Marriage, Tayari Jones: "A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple."
  • Factfulness, Hans Rosling: The author is "an outstanding international public health expert," and this "is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases."
(More Barack Obama stories.)

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