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Barack Obama's Summer Reading List

Here is former President Barack Obama's Summer Reading List for 2022:

 

Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.


Why We're Polarized By Ezra Klein Cover Image
$17.09
ISBN: 9781476700366
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2021

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022

One of Bill Gates’s “5 books to read this summer,” this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller shows us that America’s political system isn’t broken. The truth is scarier: it’s working exactly as designed.


The Candy House: A Novel By Jennifer Egan Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781476716763
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2022

One of Barack Obama’s Summer Favorites!
An NPR Top Pick for 2022!


A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781984801203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 8th, 2022

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A sweeping, genre-bending “masterpiece” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) exploring Black art, music, and culture in all their glory and complexity—from Soul Train, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé


To Paradise: A Novel By Hanya Yanagihara Cover Image
$29.25
ISBN: 9780385547932
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Published: Doubleday - January 11th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the award-winning, best-selling author of the classic A Little Life—a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia.


Silverview: A Novel By John le Carré Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780593490631
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Published: Penguin Books - July 5th, 2022

An instant New York Times bestseller!

In his last completed novel, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past sixty years—the secret world itself.


Black Cake: A Novel By Charmaine Wilkerson Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780593358337
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 1st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake—in this immersive family saga, “a character-driven, multigenerational story that’s meant to be savored” (Time).


The Family Chao: A Novel By Lan Samantha Chang Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780393868074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 1st, 2022

One of Literary Hub's and The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2022
A Goodreads Readers' Most Anticipated Mystery of 2022

An acclaimed storyteller returns with “a gorgeous and gripping literary mystery” that explores “family, betrayal, passion, race, culture and the American Dream” (Jean Kwok).


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The Family Chao: A Novel By Lan Samantha Chang Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781324050469
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2022

Featured on Barack Obama's 2022 Summer Reading List
One of Literary Hub's and The Millions' Most Anticipated Books of 2022
A Goodreads Readers' Most Anticipated Mystery of 2022

An acclaimed storyteller returns with “a gorgeous and gripping literary mystery” that explores “family, betrayal, passion, race, culture and the American Dream” (Jean Kwok).


Velvet Was the Night By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780593356845
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Published: Del Rey - May 3rd, 2022

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a simmering historical noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of the missing woman they’re both desperate to find.


Mouth to Mouth: A Novel By Antoine Wilson Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781982181802
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 11th, 2022

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022

A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “powerful, intoxicating, and shocking” (The New York Times) novel that’s a “slow burn à la Patricia Highsmith” (Oprah Daily).


The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure By Yascha Mounk Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9780593296813
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Published: Penguin Press - April 19th, 2022

One of Barack Obama's Recommended Reads for Summer 

[A] brave and necessary book . . . Anyone interested in the future of liberal democracy, in the US or anywhere else, should read this book.” —Anne Applebaum


The School for Good Mothers: A Novel By Jessamine Chan Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9781982156121
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 4th, 2022

Selected as One of Barack Obama’s Summer 2022 Reading List Picks!

In this New York Times bestseller and Today show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance, in this “surreal” (People), “remarkable” (Vogue


Razorblade Tears: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
$16.19
ISBN: 9781250252715
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* One of Barack Obama's Recommended Reads for Summer New York Times Notable Book • NPR’s Best Books of 2021 • Washington Post’s Best Thriller and Mystery Books of the Year • TIME Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2021 • New York Public Library’s Best Books of the Year • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee • Book


Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks By Chris Herring Cover Image
$26.09
ISBN: 9781982132118
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Published: Atria Books - January 18th, 2022

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A SELECTION ON BARACK OBAMA’S SUMMER READING LIST

The definitive history of the 1990s New York Knicks, illustrating how Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason resurrected the iconic franchise through oppressive physicality and unmatched grit.

For nearly an entire generation, the