Author Toni Morrison is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama. File photo/TNS
President Obama, known as an avid reader, continued his tradition of releasing a list of his favorite books of the year.
An eclectic mix of nonfiction and fiction, the book list includes:
“The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” by Shoshana Zuboff
“The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company” by William Dalrymple
“Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep
“Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo (Booker Prize winner)
“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present” by David Treuer
“How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy” by Jenny Odell
“Lost Children Archive” by Valeria Luiselli
“Lot: Stories” by Bryan Washington
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney
“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson
“The Yellow House” by Sarah M. Broom (National Book Award winner, nonfiction)
“Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe
“Solitary” by Albert Woodfox
“The Topeka School” by Ben Lerner
“Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” by Jia Tolentino
“Trust Exercise” by Susan Choi (National Book Award winner, fiction)
“We Live In Water: Stories” by Jess Walter
Obama singled out two additional books “for the sports fan”: Jim Rooney’s “A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule” and Andre Iguodala’s “The Sixth Man.”
Obama also included a list of books he had recommended earlier in the year. That list included Samantha Power’s “The Education of an Idealist,” Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” and Sarah Smarsh’s “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth.”
He also mentioned the collected works of Toni Morrison, to whom he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012 and who passed away in August.
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