Obama Has a Hefty Summer Reading List

Reading list is a mix of fiction and nonfiction
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2015 12:52 PM CDT
President Obama golfs at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – President Obama is in the midst of a 16-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard, and ABC News has gotten a look at his summer reading list. As Time notes, it includes this year's Pulitzer winner for fiction from Anthony Doerr along with Ta-Nehisi Coates' exploration of race relations in the US, in the form of a letter to his son. Here are the six books:

  • All That Is, by James Salter
  • All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  • The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow

It's not exactly light reading: That's 2,771 pages, per Amazon's page count. Ta-Nehisi Coates' is the slimmest at 176 pages; Chernow's book clocks in at the opposite end, at 928. As for the rest of the vacation, Obama is making plenty of time for golf, as a collection of photos from Bloomberg makes clear. Golf buddies this year include comedian Larry David and the NBA's Ray Allen.

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