BY MARTIN KICH
The White House has released the books on President Obama’s “Summer Reading List”;
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
None of the books are explicitly being recommended by the President, but the simple dissemination of the list seems to me to have the weight of a recommendation—a POTUS stamp of approval.
Nothing by Neal Stephenson can be described literally or figuratively as “light reading.” So, perhaps even with his commitment to campaigning for Hillary, the President is starting to glide toward retirement.
Perhaps Barack’s Book Club could be one of his post-presidency projects. I’m betting he’d be great at talking to authors–and other readers–and I’m betting that OWN, as well as a host of other channels, would jump at the chance to air it.
Here are the President’s Summer Reading Lists for some past years:
All That Is by James Salter
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
To the End of the Land by David Grossman
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Tom Friedman
John Adams by David McCullough
Lush Life by Richard Price
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
The Way Home by George Pelecanos