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message 1: by Alias Reader (last edited Jan 01, 2018 11:18AM) (new)

Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 17173 comments Here is President Obama's FB post.

I added the GR links for you.


During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here's my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.

The best books I read in 2017:

The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power

Grant by Ron Chernow
Grant

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond Conversation Starters

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
Janesville: An American Story

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Five-Carat Soul

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Anything Is Possible

Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
Dying: A Memoir

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
A Gentleman in Moscow

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
*Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court


My favorite songs of 2017:

Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)


message 2: by madrano (new)

madrano | 9742 comments I'm pleased to see he is continuing (& expanding) the book list. And adding music!


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