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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17740 comments Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency

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Carol (goodreadscomcarolann) | 830 comments Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency.

Books for daughters:
Cien Anos de soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
1. The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
4. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hone Kingston

Independent Bookstore Purchases:
1. Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
2. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
3. Nora Webster, Colm Toibin
4. The Laughing Monsters, Denis Johnson
5. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos
6. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Dr. Atul Gawande
7. Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, Katherine Rundell
8. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
9. Redwall series, Brian Jacques
10. Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park
11. Nuts to You, Lynn Rae Perkins

Summer Reads 2016
1. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan
2. H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
3. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
4. Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
5. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

Summer Reads 2015
1. All that is, James Salter
2. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
3. The Lowland, Jumpa Lahiri
4. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
5. Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow
6. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Childhood Classics
1. Treasure Island
2. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
3. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

All-Time Favorites
1. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
2. Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
4. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch
5. Gilead, Marylinne Robinson
6. Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam
7. The Dederalist, Alexander Hamilton
8. Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois
9. The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
10.The Quiet American, Graham Greene
11.Cancer Ward, Alekandr Solzhenitsyn
12. Gandhi’s autobiography
13. Working, Studs Terkel
14. Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith
15. Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith
16. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

Excellent Novels and Poetry collections:
1. Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
2. To the End of the Land, David Grossman
3. Purity, Jonathan Franzen
4. A Bend in the River, V. S. Naipau
5. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
6. Lush Life, Richard Price
7. Netherland, Joseph O’Neill
8. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie
9. Redeployment, Phil Kaly
10 Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
11 Plainson, Kent Haruf
12 The Way Home, George Pelecanos
13 What is the What, Dave Eggerss
14 Philosophy & Literature, Peter S Thompson
15 Collected Poems, Derek Walcott
16 In Dubious Battle, John Steinbeck
17 Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
18 The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin
19 Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling

BOOKS About Other Presidents:
1. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
2. John Adams, David McCullough
3. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, Fred Kaplan
4. Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, Jonathan Alte
5. FDR, Jean Edward Smith
6. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin
7. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearn Goodwin

Informative Reads
1. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew American, Thomas L Friedman
2. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afgahanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, Steve Coll
3. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age, Larry Batels
4. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert A. Caro

Non-Fiction Titles
1. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Evan Osnos
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
3. Moral Man and Immoral Society, Reinhold Niebuher
4. A Kind And Just Parent, William Ayers
5. The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria
6. Lessons in Disaster, Gordon Goldstein
7. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
8. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
9. Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American, Richard S Tedlow
10. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo

Additional Authors and Philosophers
1. Langston Hughes
2. Richard Wright
3. Mark Twain
4. Malcolm X
5. Philip Roth
6. Saul Bellow
7. Junot Díaz
8. Dave Eggers
9. Zadie Smith
10. Barbara Kingsolver
11. St. Augustine
12. Friedrich Nietzsche
13. Jean-Paul Sartre
14. Thomas Jefferson
15. Ralph Waldo Emerson
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Paul Tillich
18. E.L. Doctorow

message 3: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 21, 2017 05:37PM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17740 comments Thanks so much for listing them, Carol. I was in a hurry this morning as I was going to the NYC protest march.

In particular, I am interested in the presidents bios. I love that he has one of my all time favorites on the list. The year I read it it was my #1 book for that year.
The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter

message 4: by Petra (new)

Petra | 1004 comments You've got to wonder what DT's reading recommendations would be. :(

Alias, I have Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln on my radar.
The Naked and the Dead is on my bookshelf gathering dust; maybe I should make a point of reading it this year.

message 5: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 21, 2017 06:07PM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17740 comments I believe Mr. Trump said he doesn't like reading.

Team of Rivals is very good. It's very detailed.

I've not read The Naked and the Dead.

message 6: by Petra (last edited Jan 21, 2017 06:34PM) (new)

Petra | 1004 comments I'm sure he doesn't. My comment was more cynicism than serious.

message 7: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 21, 2017 06:39PM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17740 comments Sorry I didn't register the :(
I am tired. I was out all day with the protest in NYC and then a beginner ballet class and treadmill at the gym. I am beat.

I am done for today. Have a great night and see you all tomorrow.

message 8: by Julie (new)

Julie (readerjules) | 1216 comments I too heard that he doesn't read books. And today one of my Facebook friends shared a sign used by a library in one of the marches today. It said"Librarians against Trump. Presidents should read."

message 9: by Alias Reader (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17740 comments Julie wrote: "I too heard that he doesn't read books. And today one of my Facebook friends shared a sign used by a library in one of the marches today. It said"Librarians against Trump. Presidents should read.""


message 10: by madrano (new)

madrano | 10347 comments Neat sign, Julie.

I didn't see mention of a book a couple of us have mentioned, which i know Obama read. He mentioned The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin in an article about books read, which Alias shared here. I don't see it on the list. The main reason i remember that he read it was because he mentioned briefly imagining such a horror in his presidency. LOL!

I also missed, but like seeing, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson in his all-time favorites list. I am not at all religious but that book was beautiful. Indeed, i just began reading the final book in the trilogy, Lila.

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