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Obama’s White House Photographer Released Book Called ‘Shade’

If you’re familiar with Pete Souza, Obama’s White House photographer, then you might already know about his hilarious Instagram trolling. 





For the past year, Souza has been releasing photographs of Obama with witty, biting captions aimed at the current U.S. administration. The posts took off and have made him a powerful, popular figurehead in the resistance. He’s been using both his skills as a photographer, and his anger and frustration with the current state of the U.S., to stand up and speak out.


And now, following the popularity of his bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Souza will be releasing a second collection of photos entitled Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents.


At a recent press release for the upcoming book, Souza said:


During the past year, I have been as distressed as anyone by the lies and hate emanating from the current administration. I began to use my personal Instagram account to throw shade at what was happening in the White House. Since then, I’ve been inspired by the comments I’ve received from many people who have posted on Instagram, sent me emails, or talked to me at my speaking events around the country. Many have suggested that I package my photographs and commentary into a book. As that idea becomes a reality, I am excited to once again partner with Little, Brown on this endeavor.


The book will compare photos of the Obama administration to the one currently in office, showcasing the two wildly different presidencies.




Pretty sure he wasn’t slandering someone on Twitter.

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The book is being published through Little Brown, and is expected for release October 16, 2018.





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Former President Barack Obama Reveals His Favorite Reads of 2017

The closure of 2017 was commemorated by many readers, including Bill Gates,  by means of celebrating their favorite reads of the year. One reader in particular just so happened to be former President Barack Obama.


The former U.S. president reflected on the books and songs that resonated with him in 2017, sharing the top songs that got him moving and the stories that inspired him throughout the year. The eloquent speaker started a tradition of sharing his reading lists and playlists throughout his presidency, he said on a Facebook post published on New Year’s Eve. 




As listed in order by the former president himself, here are the best books Obama read in 2017:


1. The Power by Naomi Alderman


2. Grant by Ron Chernow


3. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond 


4. Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein


5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


6. Five-Carat Soul by James McBride 


7. Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout


8. Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor


9. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


10. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward


*Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano


You can check out Obama’s top songs here. No word yet on Donald Trump’s favorite books of 2017.


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These Imagined Literary Texts Are Hilarious, Part II

Reading has a way of making us believe our favorite characters are real. Sometimes we believe they breathe the same air as us, or walk the same ground. But they don’t text (besides in part one, which you can read here).


Some mad geniuses have somehow got into contact with some famous literary figures, though. We’ve collected a few of the funniest ones.


1. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

Text of "Catcher in the Rye"

via Esquire


2. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

Tale of Two Cities text

via The Poke


3. “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Werther text

via Sparknotes


4. “The Audacity of Hope” by Barack Obama

Audacity of Hope text

via Esquire


5. “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo

Les Miserables text

via Sparknotes


6. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

Lord of the Flies text

via The Poke


7. “Don Juan” by Lord Byron

Don Juan text

via Sparknotes


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Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir Looks at “What Happened” in the 2016 Election

Hillary Clinton’s upcoming memoir has an official title: “What Happened.” Arriving September 12, the book promises a retrospective on the mistakes she made during the 2016 presidental election, and her surprising loss to Donald Trump. Specifically, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, Clinton will write from her perspective as the first female presidential candidate from a major political party during an election year “marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.”



Per The Hill, the memoir will “double down on Russia’s interference and James Comey’s involvement in her stunning election defeat.” Though she has mostly been out of the public eye in recent months, this new book will spotlight her perspective on what exactly happened in the 2016 election.


Hillary Clinton doing a signing of "Hard Choices"

via The Washington Post


Clinton’s first memoir with Simon & Schuster, “Living History,” was released in 2003. Her second, “Hard Choices,” came out in 2014, and recounts her time as Secretary of State under President Obama. “What Happened” is just over a month away, and may be Clinton’s most anticipated book yet.


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