Barack Obama's favourite books of 2019

Barack Obama's favourite books of 2019
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Former US President Barack Obama has released his year-end list of favourite books.

He posted the list on Twitter with the caption "As we wind down 2019, I wanted to share with you my annual list of favourites that made the last year a little brighter".

Obama also said his favourite movies and music of 2019 will be "coming soon".

Barack Obama's favourite books of 2019:

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power -  Shoshana Zuboff

This book examines the challenges to humanity posed by the digital future. It claims to be the first detailed examination of surveillance capitalism.

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

Named the Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2019, this book details how the East India Trading Company took over large areas of Asia.

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

Casey Cap writes the true-crime novel that the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, studied and failed to write. 

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo

According to Goodreads, Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives of 12 characters in the United Kingdom over the course of several decades. The book was also awarded the 2019 Booker Prize.

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

Truer writes a counternarrative book to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, who wrote the detailed history of American expansionism in the 1970s. 

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

Jonah Engel Bromwich from The New York Times Book Review described this book as a smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto.

Lost Children Archive - Valeria Luiselli

This book follows a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis, creating a compelling and engaging story.

Lot: Stories - Bryan Washington

Listed in The New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2019, the novel has been described as a superb book.

Normal People - Sally Rooney

This fresh coming-of-age, psychological fiction book tells the story of Connell and Marianne, two teenagers with a complex relationship. 

The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson

This 2012 novel is by American author Adam Johnson. It weaves together the theme of propaganda, identity and state power in North Korea.

The Yellow House - Sarah M. Broom

National Book Award winner Sarah Monique Broom writes her memoir The Yellow House about being raised in New Orleans as the youngest of twelve children.

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

This true-crime story is about the murder and disappearance of Jean McConville during December 1972. 

Solitary - Albert Woodfox

Solitary is a true story about activist Albert Woodfox, a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement for a crime he did not commit. 

The Topeka School - Ben Lerner

The Topeka School is a novel following the growth of aspiring poet Adam under an abusive father while still a senior at Topeka High School.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion - Jia Tolentino

A collection of essays about the self, feminism and politics, this book is a must-read for any young feminist. 

Trust Exercise - Susan Choi

Trust Exercise is a 2019 coming-of-age novel by American Susan Cho.

We Live in Water: Stories - Jess Walter

Is a series of short comedic stories, from a range of topic. This book is fit for a reader with dark humour. 

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