President Obama’s Official Summer Reading List Is Here

Katie Sweeney

Early this week, the Obamas made their annual pilgrimage to Martha’s Vineyard for their family summer vacation. Although the official agenda was not released, one can imagine that President Obama will be enjoying lobster rolls while spending the days focusing on Michelle, Malia, and Sasha. Hopefully he’ll get in some lazy downtime at the beach, because he’s brought six books, with a total of 2771 pages, to read. The White House released the POTUS’s official summer reading list, and it’s a doozy: There are two World War II–era novels, another centered around two Indian brothers in 1950s Kolkata, and three nonfiction picks (one that examines the impact of climate change, another that explores the modern black experience, and a George Washington biography). Wondering what Obama will be reading before he goes to bed at night? Here are the books: 

All That Is by James Salter

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

If you’re planning on reading at the beach in the near future, you’ll need a comfortable lounge chair.

Have you read any of the books on Obama’s list?

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