Even after his presidency, Barack Obama is still popular culture enthusiast-in-chief.
While he remained in workplace, POTUS 44 frequently published reading lists (here’s every book he suggested throughout his 2 terms) as well as made the title “President of Playlists” for his commitment to sharing his preferred exercise tunes and lazy summertime jams.
On New Year’s Eve, the previous president continued the custom by sharing the tracks and books he liked throughout his very first year from the White House. “During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world,” he composed in a Facebook post. “With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most.”
The previous president’s book options vary from modern nonfiction, with Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City; to brief fiction, with James McBride’s National Book Award winner Five-Carat Soul; to American history, through Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow’s Ulysses S. Grant tome Grant; to buzzy literary fiction, like the National Book Award-winning Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward; to an unique “bonus for hoops fans,” with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Coach Wooden and Me and Shea Serrano’s Basketball (and Other Things)
His music choices consist of traditional Obama favorites like Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, and Kendrick Lamar, along with some unanticipated options like Camila Cabello (who can withstand “Havana”?), Harry Styles, and Portugal. The Man.
Read his complete list of 2017 selects above.Related youtube video: (not from post)