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How many of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2021 have you read?


December 16, 2021, 11:50am

Yesterday, Barack Obama—former president and current book-recommending powerhouse—dropped his annual year-end list of favorite books, including some he recommended earlier this year and some new titles. Very useful if, like many other Americans, if you’re searching for a last-minute holiday gift—or just see how your year-end favorites stack up to Obama’s. (Now you can follow up “I liked Intimacies,” with, “. . . just like our 44th president.”) Here’s the complete list—how many have you read?

Lauren Groff, Matrix

Clint Smith, How the Word is Passed

Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Amor Towles, The Lincoln Highway

Andrea Elliott, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

Colson Whitehead, Harlem Shuffle

Ann Patchett, These Precious Days

Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart

Nadia Owusu, Aftershocks

Jonathan Franzen, Crossroads

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

Qian Julie Wang, Beautiful Country

David Diop (tr. Anna Moschovakis), At Night All Blood Is Black

Te-Ping Chen, Land of Big Numbers

Patrick Radden Keefe, Empire of Pain

Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary

Benjamín Labatut (tr. Adrian Nathan West), When We Cease to Understand the World

Elizabeth Kolbert, Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Eric Nguyen, Things We Lost to the Water

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind

Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water

Katie Kitamura, Intimacies

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