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
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)

(Newser) – 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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