US President Barack Obama summer reading list includes Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland
US President Barack Obama-'s summer reading list includes Jhumpa Lahiri-'s -'The Lowland-'
Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri's second novel The Lowland is among the six books which are part of the summer reading list of US President Barack Obama.
Published in 2013, The Lowland is a novel about two brothers from Kolkata. The book was placed on the shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
Obama is currently on a summer vacation along with his family in Martha's Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts and has taken six books along with him to read. On Thursday, the White House released the list of six books that he took with him.
Besides The Lowland, the five other books are Ron Chernow's acclaimed biography of first president George Washington Washington: A Life, Ta-Nehisi Coates's letter to his son about race in America, Between The World and Me, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, All That Is by James Salter and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
One is not sure, if Obama is reading actual books or using a digital device, but it is well known that Obama bought Lahiri's hardcover book during an event when it first came out a while back. Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by Obama. Her Interpreter of Maladies published in 1999 won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.