Barack Obama Releases His List of 2019 Favorites

Barack Obama Reveals His Favorite Books, Movies and TV Shows of 2019

By Matthew Dessem

As 2019 lurches toward the finish line, critics are looking back at the year in culture and thinking about the works of art that moved them the most, from books to tv to movies to music and back to books again. Critics … and former Presidents of the United States of America. Over the weekend, Barack Obama has released his annual list of his favorite books, movies, and TV shows of 2019 — music is coming soon. Obama posted his lists to Twitter and Facebook both, but only Facebook users got his full explanation of why he’s sharing his favorites:

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my annual list of favorites — books, films, and music — with all of you. This has become a fun little tradition for me, and I hope it is for you, too. Because while each of us has plenty that keeps us busy—work and family life, social and volunteer commitments — outlets like literature and art can enhance our day-to-day experiences. They’re the fabric that helps make up a life — the album that lifts us up after a long day, the dog-eared paperback we grab off the shelf to give to a friend, the movie that makes us think and feel in a new way, works that simply help us escape for a bit. To start, here are the books that made the last year a little brighter for me. Most of them came out in 2019, but a few were older ones that were new to me this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

See the full list at Slate.

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