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The 11 books former President Barack Obama recommends you read this summer

Washington, DC (CNN)Former President Barack Obama released his summer reading list on Friday, continuing a tradition from his time in the White House.

“While we were still in the White House, I began sharing my summer favorites — and now, it’s become a little tradition that I look forward to sharing with you all. So here’s this year’s offering. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did,” Obama saidon multiple social platforms.
Here are the 11 books Obama recommends people read this summer:

“At Night All Blood Is Black” by David Diop

The historic fiction novel details the dark tale of a Senegalese soldier’s experience fighting for the French during World War I. The story — originally written in French — was translated to English by Anna Moschovakis and won the 2021 International Booker Prize.

“Land of Big Numbers” by Te-Ping Chen

“Land of Big Numbers” is a 10-part short story series — set in and out of China — about the diverse lives of a set of Chinese people. The collection is the debut series of Wall Street Journal reporter Te-Ping Chen, who was formerly a correspondent in Beijing.

“Empire Of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe

The New York Times bestseller details the lives of three generations of the Sackler family, the American family whose members founded pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma.

“Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir

“Project Hail Mary” takes readers along the survival mission of a biologist turned middle school science teacher who — from a ship in outer space — is tasked with saving Earth from destruction. The science fiction novel is the latest from Weir, who also wrote “The Martian.”

“When We Cease to Understand the World” by Benjamín Labatut

The fictional tale “When We Cease To Understand The World” tells stories of scientists and mathematicians throughout history — such as Albert Einstein, Fritz Haber and Alexander Grothendieck — who shaped the world through their findings.

“Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future” by Elizabeth Kolbert

In “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kolbert examines the way humankind has impacted Earth and raises questions about how and if nature can be saved.

 

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