President Obama is currently taking a well-deserved 16-day vacation with his family, but what has he been reading?
According to the POTUS’ official summer reading list, he has an eclectic taste. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ nonfiction examination of American race relations Between the World and Me, which Jon Stewart featured on The Daily Show in his last weeks as its host, is included. Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See, a film adaptation of which is currently in development at Fox Searchlight, is there too.
Obama is also paying homage to novelist James Salter, who died in June, by reading his 2013 novel All That Is, and to our first president, by including Ron Chernow’s George Washington biography Washington: A Life. And just as Michelle Obama favors American fashion designers, her husband’s literary leanings are similarly patriotic: all six authors are American.
Here’s the full list:
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
All That Is by James Salter