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Barack Obama Shares Summer Reading List, Playlist Featuring Jennifer Egan, Wet Leg

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Former President Barack Obama shared his list of favorite songs and books of 2022 to date, featuring a string of heavy-hitting favorites and newcomers alike.

“Every 12 months, I get excited to share my summer playlist because I find out about so many latest artists out of your replies — it’s an example of how music really can bring us all together,” Obama wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

The list includes Beyoncé’s latest single, “Break My Soul” and Harry Styles’ “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” alongside classics from Miles Davis, Al Green and Bruce Springsteen. The 44-track playlist also features songs from Australian-based Sampa the Great, Nigerian singer Burna Boy and Isle of Wight newcomers Wet Leg.

Obama’s summer reading lists often span a variety of genres, and his 2022 selections are not any different. The list includes Emily St. John Mandel’s latest science fiction novel, “Sea of Tranquility,” “The Family Chao” by Lan Samantha Chang and Jennifer Egan’s follow-up to her acclaimed “A Visit From the Goon Squad,” “The Candy House.”

“The highest surprise,” Jessamine Chan, the writer of “The School for Good Moms,” wrote on Instagram. “Thanks to my fellow Chicagoan and birthday twin @barackobama for this early present. I would like to jot down something coherent here, but I haven’t had enough caffeine yet, and I’m just happily losing my mind.”

Ezra Klein’s 2020 book “Why We’re Polarized” and Yascha Mounk’s “The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure” are also fitting decisions for the present politicly era.

Other books featured include “Blood within the Garden: The Flagrant History of the Nineties Recent York Knicks.”

“For Hoops Fans,” Obama wrote.

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