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Former U.S. President Obama Shares Favorites

Former U.S. President Barack Obama is again sharing his annual lists of favorites.

“This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too,” Obama noted.

“This year’s list includes everything from explorations of class dynamics and relationships, to an inspired reboot of a classic graphic novel, to a portal back to one of the most special places in history — an Aretha Franklin concert. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. It’s our first offering in partnership with Netflix, and I’m excited about the other projects we’ve got in the works,” said the President.

Here’s the full list:

  • American Factory
  • Amazing Grace
  • Apollo 11
  • Ash Is Purest White
  • Atlantics
  • Birds of Passage
  • Booksmart
  • Diane
  • The Farewell
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Just Mercy
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • Parasite
  • The Souvenir
  • Transit

 And a quick list of TV shows that I considered as powerful as movies:

  • Fleabag: Season 2
  • Unbelievable
  • Watchmen

Obama’s full list of favorite books includes the following:

  • “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power” 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

Obama also listed two “for the sports fans.” Those books are:

  • “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

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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