This will be President Obama’s final summer as President of the United States, and who knows what will follow. As such, this is the final reading list from the man who made history and became the first person of colour to become president.
Those who have followed President Obama’s Summer Reading Lists from the White House in previous years will know that Obama likes a mix of books, and this year it’s a mix of fiction, and non-fiction, a Pulitzer prize winning memoir, a thriller and a science fiction novel. Here are the selections in full.
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad is salvation to many, including Cara, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. This is a powerful historical novel, recreating the horrors of the pre-Civil War era.
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
Soon to be a movie, The Girl on the Train divided our readers and for everyone who said how brilliant it was, there was someone else calling it terrible. Personally I thought it was a fantastic psychological thriller, with horribly damaged and dislikeable characters.
So they are the five books making the cut for President Obama’s Summer Reading List 2016, and if you like these, then here are last year’s selections too if you missed them.
The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Washington: A Life – Ron Chernow
Now you can read like the President, until the upcoming elections at least.
Dickens astute observations on human behaviours means he spotted many illnesses and their symptoms before they were recognised by the medical community and his descriptions so accurate that they can be used to build correlation between symptoms and disease.
Parts of the historic Dragon Hall date back to 1430, meaning any renovations had to be sympathetic. The project was given the go ahead back in 2016 and was backed by a number of high profile patrons including Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, J. M Coetzee, and Sarah Perry.
The Book People ran the competition earlier last year and from the 1300 entries a shortlist of 3 stories were chosen from different age ranges- 5-7 years, 8-9 years, and 10-11 years. The shortlisters were respectively Jackson Mendoza, Frasier Cox, and Amy Chick. From those three winners one final overall winner had to be decided upon by three judges.
Frasier’s story was written in the style of a poem and is about a hypothetical friendship between himself and a refugee boy. His warmth, empathy, and humanity shone through and won him the coveted prize of having his book illustrated and published. After being told of his success, Frasier told The Book People: “I’m really pleased and very excited to have won The Bedtime Story Competition and can’t wait for my story to be made into a real book. I love reading and writing stories and to know that my book will be read by children all over the country makes me very proud.”
“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.” Read More
Many adaptations have been made- from TV to radio to movies- and now we have something new: a modern retelling of the classic story of sisterly love. Directed and screen-written by Clare Niederpruem with Kristi Shimek, this tale of family, love, and growing up will hopefully spark a whole new generation of Little Women fans.
The movie will star Lea Thompson as Marmee, Sarah Davenport as Jo, Melanie Stone as Meg, Allie Jennings as Beth, Elsie Jones as Young Amy, and Taylor Murphy as Older Amy.
It is released on September 28th 2018.