Barack Obama's 2022 Summer Reading List features sci-fi novel, basketball team biography

From a sci-fi dystopian novel to a fan history account of NBA team New York Knicks, Obama’s reading list has something for just about everyone


                            Barack Obama's 2022 Summer Reading List features sci-fi novel, basketball team biography
Former US President Barack Obama continues his summer tradition of posting a personal reading list (Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
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Former US President Barack Obama continued his summer tradition of posting a personal reading list to his Instagram account. Coincidentally, the list came out almost at the same time as the release of the 2022 Booker Prize nominee list on July 26.

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From a sci-fi dystopian novel to a fan history account of NBA team New York Knicks, Obama’s reading list has something for just about everyone. “I’ve read a couple of great books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites so far. What have you been reading this summer?” Obama wrote on his Instagram.

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As for Obama's reading list, here is a sneak peek of all the 14 books he recommended:

'Sea of Tranquility' by Emily St John Mandel

Emily St John Mandel writes about a banished teenager, a writer, and a private investigator, who exists in separate places in space and time, threaded together by an eerie experience.

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'Sea of Tranquility' cover illustration (Publisher: Knopf; First Edition, April 5, 2022)

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'Why We’re Polarized' by Ezra Klein

This book talks about what US politics has become today and is written by Ezra Klein co-founder of the popular online publication, Vox.

'The Candy House' by Jennifer Egan, a follow-up to Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad 

This book talks about a world that may not be far from us, full of digital memory and sad reflections on the unfulfilled human desire for connection.

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'A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance' by Hanif Abdurraqib

This book by Hanif Abdurraqib is in praise of the legacy of black performers in the United States.

'To Paradise' by Hanya Yanagihara

'To Paradise' is a lengthy account from three different decades that has people suffering from all kinds of tragedies, ranging from the AIDS epidemic to unsuitable betrothals.

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'Silverview' by John le Carré

Silverview is a spy-world novel, the last from author John le Carre, who died in 2020. Many of his books were adapted into TV series.

'Black Cake' by Charmaine Wilkerson

'Black Cake' is a novel about two siblings discovering their mother’s secrets after her death, that involves everything from a long-list child to murder suspicions.

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'The Family Chao' by Lan Samantha Chang

'The Family Chao' is a satirical take on how three sons deal with the death of a father who had many secrets in his life.

'Velvet Was the Night' by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

'Velvet Was the Night' is set in 1970s Mexico. The plot is mainly about a law enforcer and a secretary who are searching for the same missing lady.

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'Velvet Was The Night' cover illustration (Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition August 17, 2021)

 

'Mouth to Mouth' by Antoine Wilson

'Mouth to Mouth' is a story that unfolds after one stranger saves the other's life. It depicts how following the incident, their lives become intertwined.

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'The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure' by Yascha Mount

This book by Yascha Mount offers solutions to the complex problem of maintaining a democracy that includes people from multiple cultures and ethnicities.

'The School for Good Mothers' by Jessamine Chan

'The School for Good Mothers' is a dystopian novel where governments control mothers, and mothers must prove to the government that they are good at parenting, in order to keep custody of their own children.

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'Razorblade Tears' by SA Cosby

'Razorblade Tears' is about a Black and a white man, whose sons were married to each other but later murdered. The two men deal with their homophobia and other flaws as fathers as they hunt for their sons’ murderers.

'Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks' by Chris Herring

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'Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks' cover illustration (Publisher: Atria Books, January 18, 2022)

 

This book by Chris Herring is one for all New York Knicks fans as well as NBA aficionados. It lists historical accounts related to the rise and fall of the Knicks through the 1990s.

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