The election of Kamala Harris to the second-highest office in the United States came with many firsts: on top of being the highest-ranking woman to ever serve the U.S. government, she’s also the country’s first Black and first Asian-American VP.

Over the lead-up to the election, Book Riot reached out to the top ten Democratic hopefuls for reading recs in homage to Obama’s annual book lists. Harris – who authored the 2019 #1 NYT-bestselling memoir The Truths We Hold and illustrated children’s book Superheroes Are Everywhere – chose five powerful works of fiction from a diverse range of writers, including work by Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, and C.S. Lewis.

Find five of Kamala Harris’ favorite books below, and dip into the reading lists of other famous politicians right here.

Native Son by Richard Wright (also rec’d by Alice Walker)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (also rec’d by Malala)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (also rec’d by David Foster Wallace & Rufus Wainwright)

(via Book Riot)

Categories: Politicians