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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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