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8 of Michelle Obama’s Must-Reads

Book lovers and Obama supporters alike wait with anticipation every year to hear Barrack Obama’s book picks for that summer. Fortunately, you now have another round of books to choose from thanks to Michelle who has a few book recommendations of her own. Despite your ever-growing to-be-read pile, when Michelle Obama tells you to read a certain book, you listen!

Following the release of her own memoir, Becoming, Michelle reveals eight more must-reads in her “By the Book” interview, published on December 6, 2018 in the New York Times. Other titles come from an interview with Jenna Bush Hager and a memorial posted on Instagram for what would have been a Holocaust victim’s ninetieth birthday.



8-Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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Part of the reason why Morrison received the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, Song of Solomon follows the life of Michigan native, Macon through his life as he searches for a sense of identity.


7-The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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Before the major motion picture, Rachel was just a girl who liked to ride the train everyday to London and back. It’s definitely not because the train passes her ex-husband’s house or the because she can see the perfect couple she envies so who live a few houses down. Definitely not.



6-White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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Smith’s London-centric novel follows two friends, one Bangladeshi and one Englishman, as they navigate family, friendship and life in the city.


5-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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The archetype for unreliable narrators, Gone Girl will have you guessing until the very last page. Follow Nick and her husband Amy who disappears, but why…and how…and where?


4-An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Jones’ novel follows newlyweds who separate after a daunting rape trial. When they reunite later in life, things somehow get even more complicated.



3-Educated by Tara Westover


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Westover’s biographical memoir tells the story of how she fell in love with learning after growing up with little to none of it at all.


2-The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

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Frank’s diary which she kept as a young girl before her family was sent to concentration camps during the Holocaust relay the horrors of the terrible tragedy.


1-Commonwealth by Anne Patchett


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Patchett’s bestseller tells the story of a family whose dynamic gets turned upside down at a family christening and what happens when that child grows up and decides to share that story.



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Issa Rae to Adapt in Tayari Jones’ ‘Silver Sparrow’

HBO’s Insecure‘s fourth season won’t come to our screens until 2020, but its star and creator Issa Rae will remain busy with adapting bestselling authorTayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow into a film.


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Published by Algonquin Books, this 2012 novel is about two families whose daughters form a close friendship as they grow up during the 1980s in Atlanta, although only one of the daughters is aware that she and her friend are actually sisters.


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The book was lauded by  critics, however one of the most notable was Leigh Haber, books editor at Oprah.com, who wrote, “Why isn’t Jones a household name, and why isn’t this unputdownable book on every must-read list?”


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Now OprahMag.com has announced that “Rae has optioned the film and will produce” it, with author Tayari Jones commenting, “I wrote Silver Sparrow as a tribute to my sisters. With Issa this labor of love is in safe hands,” after praising Issa Rae as “an artist who has a real understanding and commitment to presenting the lives of young women with complexity, humor, and heart.” Tayari Jones’, An American Marriage, is being made into a movie by Oprah herself.


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This is only the latest development in Issa Rae’s ever-growing list of upcoming projects. Just last year Variety reported that “Issa Rae’s production company, ColorCreative, has signed a multi-picture production deal with Columbia Pictures” and “under the agreement, ColorCreative will work with and back projects from emerging, diverse screenwriters”.

Firing off on all cylinders, Hollywood Reporter soon announced towards the end of January that Robin Thede would to star, write and executive produce the HBO half-hour sketch comedy show, A Black Lady Sketch Show, “alongside Issa Rae and her HBO-based Issa Rae Productions banner”.

Now Issa Rae is working on adapted Silver Sparrow to the big screen. Issa Rae is said to produce the film herself, although no one is quite sure who is backing her.



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