Add These Books Recommended by Barack Obama to Your Summer Reading List

published Jul 29, 2022
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Need a new book on your shelf or coffee table? Former president Barack Obama has shared his fan-favorite summer reading list of 2022. Ranging from nonfiction to dystopian fiction, the 14 recommended literature are an excellent choice for summer reading. 

“I’ve read a couple of great books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites so far,” Obama captioned his photo on Instagram. “What have you been reading this summer?”

Not sure where to start with this (pretty excellent) list? Here are a few extra-good picks.

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance” by Hanif Abdurraqib

In this nonfiction, Abdurraqib writes a series of essays centered around Black performance while reflecting on pop culture and history. From referencing musical icons like Aretha Franklin to discussing grief, the poet doesn’t hold back from passionate storytelling throughout his essays.

“The Family Chao” by Lan Samantha Chang

When the patriarch of a Chinese-American family is found dead, the family must navigate grief and mystery while experiencing racism within their small town in Wisconsin.

“The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan

This dystopian novel revolves around Frida Leu, a young mother who must prove herself to be a worthy parent when a government reform program heavily surveillances all parents. 

“Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein

Klein, a journalist and the co-founder of Vox, examines American politics, democracy, and his political identity in this 2020 book.

“The Candy House” by Jennifer Egan

Similar to the plot of British sci-fi anthology series “Black Mirror,” Egan’s novel tackles the “quest for authenticity, privacy, and meaning in a world where our memories are no longer our own.”