White House re­veals Obama’s read­ing list

The China Post - - ARTS -

As U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama lounged with his fam­ily on a Mas­sachusetts beach Thurs­day, the White House re­leased a list of six books that he took on va­ca­tion.

The al­ways keenly watched — some say over­watched — pres­i­den­tial read­ing list in­cluded some un­sur­pris­ing choices, such as Ron Ch­er­now’s ac­claimed bi­og­ra­phy of first pres­i­dent Ge­orge Washington.

Against the back­drop of racially tinged vi­o­lence that has marred the sec­ond term of Amer­ica’s first black pres­i­dent, Obama is also dig­ging in to Ta-Ne­hisi Coates’s let­ter to his son about race in Amer­ica, “Be­tween The World and Me.”

There is also a nat­u­ral history tome, “The Sixth Ex­tinc­tion” by El­iz­a­beth Kol­bert, which fits nicely with the en­vi­ron­men­tal fo­cus planned when Obama re­turns to Washington.

But fic­tion also fea­tures on the list, in­clud­ing two nov­els set loosely around World War II: “All That Is” by James Sal­ter and “All The Light We Can­not See” by An­thony Do­err.

Fol­low­ing up on his trip to In­dia ear­lier this year, Obama also took along Pulitzer Prize win­ner Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Low­land,” set in Kolkata.

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