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    These are the books Barack Obama thinks you should read this summer.

    Emily Temple

    July 12, 2021, 9:34am

    As you likely already know, President Obama has pretty good taste in books. After all, he’s been a reader (and a writer) since long before he got into politics. “Whether you’re camped out on the beach or curled up on the couch on a rainy day, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a great book in the summer,” the former President recently wrote on Facebook. “While we were still in the White House, I began sharing my summer favorites—and over the years, it’s become a little tradition that I look forward to sharing with you all. So without further ado, here are some books I’ve read recently. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.” Here’s his 2021 summer reading list (which Lit Hub, if you want to know, is very happy to co-sign):

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

    Te-Ping Chen, Land of Big Numbers
    Te-Ping Chen, Land Of Big Numbers

    Patrick Radden Keefe_Empire of Pain
    Patrick Radden Keefe, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

    project hail mary
    Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary

    when we cease to understand the world by benjamin labatut, trans. by adrian nathan west
    Benjamin Labatut, tr. Adrian Nathan West, When We Cease to Understand the World

     Under a White Sky by Elizabeth Kolbert

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

    Things We Lost to the Water Eric Nguyen

    Eric Nguyen, Things We Lost to the Water

    Rumaan Alam, Leave The World Behind; cover design by Sara Wood (Ecco, October)

    Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind

    Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

    Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

    the sweetness of water nathan harris

    Nathan Harris, The Sweetness of Water

    Intimacies, Katie Kitamura

    Katie Kitamura, Intimacies

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