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The 11 books former President Barack Obama recommends you read this summer

Former President Barack Obama shared his summer reading list over the weekend, reminding us that he’s still eager to learn as much about the world as possible after leaving office—and ready to share that knowledge with others. “While we were still in the White House, I began sharing my summer favorites — and now, it’s become a little tradition that I look forward to sharing with you all. So here’s this year’s offering. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did,” Obama said on several social platforms.

Here’s what’s on his list:

  • At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop, this year’s Booker Award winner. The story is a look at a little known piece of World War I history.
  • Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen, a short story collection featuring a wide range of experiences of modern Chinese people.  
  • Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keede, A nonfiction look at the Sackler family, whose three generations of doctors developed and destroyed their reputation with valium and OxyContin.
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, Weir’s latest science fiction thriller about the lone astronaut who has to save the planet from disaster. 
  • When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut, a work of biographical fiction about the lives of real scientists and thinkers whose work butts against morality in complicated ways. 
  • Things We Lost To The Water by Eric Nguyen, a novel about a Vietnamese family who immigrates to New Orleans and struggles through the changes of such a monumental shift in their lives.
  • Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam, a highly-decorated novel about two families who don’t know one another but are forced together during a very bad weekend.
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, about Klara, an Artificial Friend, hoping to be chosen by a customer at the store where she observes everything going on around her. 
  • The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris, a debut novel also named one of Oprah’s Book Club picks, about a pair of brothers in Reconstruction-era Georgia.
  • Intimacies by Katie Kitamura, a thriller about a woman who moves to The Hague to escape New York City and finds herself deeply entrenched in her work at the International Court.

TKN recommends to add this extra book to your summer list.

Eyewitness Newsman by Albert Primo, Creator of Eyewitness News and Peabody Award recipient Al Primo has authored a dynamic book that looks at the television news business from the inside. Eyewitness Newsman chronicles the history of the Eyewitness News concept, showing how one man with a vision challenged the journalistic establishment to create a newscast format that is the industry standard to this day. 

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