Obama Names His Top Books of the Year

President's annual picks in music and movies are to come
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2019 6:06 AM CST
Obama Names His Top Books of the Year
This cover image released by Knopf shows "Lost Children Archive," a novel by Valeria Luiselli. The book tells the story of young immigrants separated from their families.   (Knopf via AP)

Never shy about sharing his favorites in pop culture, former President Obama is out with his top books of the year. "As we wind down 2019, I wanted to share with you my annual list of favorites that made the last year a little brighter," tweeted the former POTUS. "We’ll start with books today — movies and music coming soon. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did." Without further ado, some highlights:

  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, Shoshana Zuboff
  • The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company, William Dalrymple

  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  • How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
  • Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
  • Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
(You'll recognize a few picks from Obama's summer reading list.)

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