Over the course of his 8 years in office, America’s last literate president Barack Obama made a lovely habit of sharing his current reading lists with the public. Continuing this tradition on social media, Obama recently shared a year-end list of timely selections he’s read of late, covering government surveillance, economic inequality, history and the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Of it, he wrote:

“While each of us has plenty that keeps us busy—work and family life, social and volunteer commitments—outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences. They’re the fabric that helps make up a life—the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to give to a friend, the movie that makes us think and feel in a new way, works that simply help us escape for a bit.”

Find a list of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019 below, and a complete list of every book he’s recommended here.


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company by William Dalrymple

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Solitary by Albert Woodfox

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter

A Different Way to Win: Dan Rooney’s Story from the Super Bowl to the Rooney Rule by Jim Rooney

The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala

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