Former President Barack Obama Unveils His Summer Reading List

What’s Barack Obama been reading this summer?

We won’t have to wonder now that the former U.S. president has shared his summer reading list on social media, providing a look at the tomes he’s been devouring this season.

“It’s August, so I wanted to let you know about a few books I’ve been reading this summer, in case you’re looking for some suggestions,” wrote Obama, 58, in an Instagram post accompanying his summer reading list.

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“To start, you can’t go wrong by reading or rereading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they’re transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them,” he wrote of the late author, who passed away last week at age 88. “And while I’m at it, here are a few more titles you might want to explore.”

In addition to Morrison’s books, Obama’s recommendations include a mix of new and older works, including Colson Whitehead’s recently released novel The Nickel Boys, about a black teenager in 1960s Florida who is sent to an abusive reform school.

Other picks on Obama’s summer reading list include Ted Chiang’s Exhalation, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Lauren Wilkinson’s American Spy and How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu.

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Known to be a voracious reader, Obama often recommends books to his social media followers, with last year’s summer reading list featuring such books as Warlight, from Canadian author Michael Ondaatje, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Hans Rosling’s Factfulness.

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