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Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2020

This past year has brought many twists and turns, some better than others and the best among them being about newly released books! And, before 2020 comes to a close, former President, Barack Obama stays true to his annual tradition of sharing his favorite books of the year.

 

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“I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year, deliberately omitting what I think is a pretty good book — A Promised Land — by a certain 44th president,” Obama said. “I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.”

 

 

Here is Obama’s list of literary must-reads of 2020:

 

Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar

 

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Jack by Marilynne Robinson

 

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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

 

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The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

 

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Luster by Raven Leilani

 

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How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang

 

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Long Bright Riverby Liz Moore

 

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Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey

 

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Twilight of Democracyby Anne Applebaum

 

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Deacon King Kong by James McBride

 

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The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

 

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The Vanishing Halfby Brit Bennett

 

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

 

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Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

 

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The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

 

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Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

 

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Missionaries by Phil Klay

 

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