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Which books will President Obama be reading this summer?

The White House unveiled Friday the five books the president is tucking into during his two-week vacation, which range from a surfer’s memoir to a sci-fi epic.


In the Pulitzer Prize-winning self-portrait “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” lifelong surfer William Finnegan chronicles his obsession with surfing and juggling life, work and relationships — a struggle Obama knows all too well.

As racially charged violence continues to plague the nation, America’s first black president packed “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, a novel recounting a young slave’s harrowing journey toward freedom.

books2The list also includes the critically acclaimed bestseller “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald, about a woman who tames a fierce predatory bird after her father’s death.

The president will also tackle two page-turning novels: Paula Hawkins’ dark psychological thriller “The Girl on the Train” and Neal Stephenson’s “Seveneves,” a sci-fi adventure about a post-apocalyptic world.

Though several memoirs are on the president’s agenda, Donald Trump’s famous “The Art of the Deal” did not make the cut.





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