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Obama’s 2022 Summer Reading list

Would it really be summer without Barack Obama's summer reading list? The former president released his 2022 picks for the summer season. Three books that made Barack Obama's summer reading list include a novel about the opioid epidemic, a new collection of essays from New York Times national correspondent Thomas Friedman, and an audiobook collection featuring six stories told by the late author Richard Ford. Listen to most of his picks here.

Blood in the Garden

The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks

By: Chris Herring
Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
Length: 11 hours 3 minutes

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A SELECTION ON BARACK OBAMA’S SUMMER READING LIST

The definitive history of the 1990s New York Knicks, illustrating how Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason resurrected the iconic franchise through oppressive physicality and unmatched grit.

For nearly an entire generation, the... Read more

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The School for Good Mothers

A Novel

By: Jessamine Chan
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

“There’s no room for human fallibility in the dystopia of Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, so when Frida Liu — overwhelmed, sleep deprived, and desperate for a moment of reprieve — has a lapse in judgment as a mother, the consequences are swift and dire. Frida’s journey is a harrowing one, and the world she inhabits — where resources that could be... Read more

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Razorblade Tears

A Novel

By: S. A. Cosby
Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
Length: 12 hours 22 minutes

“This was just riveting. Two fathers, one black and one white, come together to avenge the murders of their married sons. What was sad, and gratifying, is that these two homophobic dads, realized, too late, that their love for their boys, should have transcended their own hateful beliefs. And, it was hard to read their regret bc they could never... Read more

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The Great Experiment

Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure

By: Yascha Mounk
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

One of Barack Obama's Recommended Reads for Summer 

“[A] brave and necessary book . . . Anyone interested in the future of liberal democracy, in the US or anywhere else, should read this book.” —Anne Applebaum


“A convincing, humane, and hopeful guide to the present and future by one of our foremost democratic thinkers.” —George Packer

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Mouth to Mouth

A Novel

By: Antoine Wilson
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 4 hours 52 minutes

“One of those novels that seems straightforward. And easy listen, the story unfolds in a nice, linear fashion. A tale recited over drinks at an airport lounge. Then the ending makes you rethink everything. Well written and fascinating. Wonderful narration by Edoardo Ballerini. Again! (He narrates a lot) Read more

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Velvet Was the Night

By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

“Thoroughly entertaining. Once again, Silvia Moreno-Garcia does a wonderful job capturing the genre she is writing for. The plot, the pacing, the characters are all what they should be for good noir fiction. Add to that, the unique setting of Mexico City post Corpus Christi Massacre and during the Dirty War, and it's also educational! Excellent... Read more

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The Family Chao

By: Lan Samantha Chang
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
Length: 10 hours 57 minutes

“An expertly crafted novel of literary family intrigue. Full of character depth and a mysterious death, The Family Chao is a page-turner on immigration, family turmoil, racism, small-town drama, and revenge. It will keep you guessing. Read more

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The Candy House

A Novel

By: Jennifer Egan
Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Nicole Lewis, Thomas Sadoski, Colin Donnell, Griffin Newman, Rebecca Lowman, Jackie Sanders, Lucy Liu, Christian Barillas, Tara Lynne Barr, Alex Allwine, Emily Tremaine, Kyle Beltran, Dan Bittner, Chris Henry Coffey, Ali Andre Ali, Corey Brill, Danny Campbell, George Newbern, Timothy Andrés Pabon, Gibson Frazier, Allison Light & Travis Tonn
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes

“Edgy, futuristic and insightful, The Candy House is another delicious treat from Jennifer Egan! If not for the sheer skill in writing that we have come to enjoy with her books, it would be hard to imagine such a different type of story coming from the same hands. This will be 2022 highlight and will not disappoint her fans! Adding a note on... Read more

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A Little Devil in America

Notes in Praise of Black Performance

By: Hanif Abdurraqib
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

“I loved Hanif Abdurraqib’s A Little Devil in America. This essential book explores a handful of Black performers—some world-famous, others everyday people—across a wide variety of disciplines, seamlessly woven into snippets and stories from Hanif’s own life about Black culture and the performance of Blackness. JD Jackson’s low and easy narration... Read more

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Black Cake

A Novel

By: Charmaine Wilkerson
Narrated by: Lynnette R. Freeman & Simone Mcintyre
Length: 12 hours

NOW A HULU STREAMING SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY • Two estranged siblings delve into their mother’s hidden past—and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake—in this immersive family saga, “a character-driven, multigenerational story that’s meant to be savored” (Time).... Read more

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Silverview

A Novel

By: John le Carré
Narrated by: Toby Jones
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller!

In his last completed novel, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past sixty years—the secret world itself.

“[Le Carré] was often considered one of the finest novelists, period, since World War II. It’s not that he 'transcended the genre,' as the tired saying goes; it’s...
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Why We're Polarized

By: Ezra Klein
Narrated by: Ezra Klein
Length: 8 hours 31 minutes

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2022

One of Bill Gates’s “5 books to read this summer,” this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller shows us that America’s political system isn’t broken. The truth is scarier: it’s working exactly as designed. In this “superbly researched” (The Washington Post) and timely book, journalist Ezra...
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