While we won’t quite go so far as to call them beach reads, we know that President Obama took some reading material with him to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month. And like most everyone, we were itching to know what was on that list. From The Hollywood Reporter, then, here we go:
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
All That Is by James Salter
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
And THR offers insight on the titles on the list, including these words about the included works of fiction:
Obama’s three novels — All That Is, All The Light We Cannot See and The Lowland — show an interest in highbrow literary fiction. No cheesy beach-read page-turners here. Salter won a prestigious PEN/Faulkner award, while Lahiri and Doerr won Pulitzers. Interestingly, all three novels are set in the ’40s to ’60s period. All That Is is about an American naval officer coming to terms with his World War II service. All the Light We Cannot See is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose lives intersect during WWII. Lowland is an India-set novel about two brothers growing up in Calcutta in the ’50s and ’60s.
You can see the full piece here.