August 18, 2016

President Obama's Summer Reading Lists

We now have the last summer reading list for President Obama, here:


  • "Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life" by William Finnegan
  • "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
  • "H Is for Hawk" by Helen Macdonald
  • "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins
  • "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson

I haven't posted these before, so here are his earlier lists, to the extent I could find them.  If you come across any of the missing years, please send me a link.

  • The Way Home by George Pelecanos, a crime thriller based in Washington, D.C.
  • Lush Life by Richard Price, a story of race and class set in New York's Lower East Side;
  • Tom Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded, on the benefits to America of an environmental revolution;
  • John Adams by David McCullough;
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf, a drama about the life of eight different characters living in a Colorado prairie community.



  • The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, nonfiction, chronicles the Great Migration of black Americans out of the South.
  • Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
  • Rodin’s Debutante, by Ward Just
  • To the End of the Land, by David Grossman
  • The Bayou Trilogy, by Daniel Woodrell—three crime novels set in the Louisiana swamp town of St. Bruno
  • Room

  • All That Is by James Salter
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
And here's a list of books President Obama had read as of August 2010 (partly summer read, partly others).

Family Matters, Rohinton Mistry - August 22, 2016

We'll meet August 22 at Katherine's house to discuss Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry.

Supplemental materials:

As always, if you come across anything interesting, let me know and I'll add it.

Catching Up - April to July

I neglected our website during session, and have been slow to get back on track this year.  This is a catch-up post.  Since Rebecca in February, we've had the following meetings:

April 4:  My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante  - Katherine's house
April 25:  All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr - Connie's house
May 23:  This Side of Brightness, Colum McCann - Karen's house
June 27:  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ranson Riggs - Ruth's house
July 25:  The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah  - Connie's temporary digs in St. Paul