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Former U.S President Barack Obama revealed his summer reading list through Facebook on Wednesday. “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,” Obama wrote on his Facebook page.

Interested to know what Obama reads? Well here is the list:

1.The Nickel Boys (Colson Whitehead)

The Nickel Boys is a 2019 novel by American novelist and writer Colson Whitehead. “The book is a necessary read, detailing the way Jim Crow and mass incarceration tore apart lives and wrought consequences that ripple into today,” writes Obama.

2. Exhalation: Stories (Ted Chiang)

Exhalation: Stories is a collection of short stories by American writer Ted Chiang. Ted Chiang is known for his novel, Story of Your Life which was later adapted to the sci-fi movie Arrival.  Exhalation: Stories contains nine stories exploring such issues as humankind’s place in the universe, the nature of humanity, bioethics, virtual reality, free will and determinism, time travel, and the uses of robotic forms of A.

3.Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)

Wolf Hall (2009) is a historical novel by English author Hilary Mantel, published by Fourth Estate, named after the Seymour family seat of Wolfhall or Wulfhall in Wiltshire. Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, Wolf Hall is a sympathetic fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More.

4.Men Without Women: Stories (Haruki Murakami)

Men Without Women is a 2014 collection of short stories by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, translated and published in English in 2017. The stories are about men who have lost women in their lives, usually to other men or death. The collection shares its title with Ernest Hemingway’s second short story collection.

5. American Spy (Lauren Wilkinson)

Obama states that the book though widely celebrated as a spy thriller is much more than that. “It is a whole lot more than just a spy thriller, wrapping together the ties of family, of love, and of country,” he wrote.

6. The Shallows (Nicholas Carr)

A finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains has arguments on the internet’s impact on our brains, our lives, and our communities. The book expands on the themes first raised in “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, Carr’s 2008 essay in The Atlantic, and explores the effects of the Internet on the brain. The book claims research shows “online reading” yields lower comprehension than reading a printed page.

7. Lab Girl (Hope Jahren)

According to Obama the book “a beautifully written memoir about the life of a woman in science, a brilliant friendship, and the profundity of trees.”

The former president also has suggested reading Toni Morrison. “To start, you can’t go wrong by reading or re-reading 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.

Dinaw Mengestu’s novel, How to Read the Air; Maid by Stephanie Land, Inland written by Téa Obreht released last week also made it to the President’s list.

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