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President Obama's List of Top Books and Films 2018

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It’s that time of year again — Obama has released his list of favorite books and movies.

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What can you say about Obama's list? Are any of your favorites on the list as well?
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Very much agree with Sponge Cake. I find it difficult to imagine Obama seeking out, viewing and loving all of these very PC “woke” movies. List was likely compiled by someone else and he just signed off on it. I like Obama, but why would a politician even bother to create and publicize a list about movies except for political reasons? Or is it just that we live in a culture of over-sharing?
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Great list! A lot of my favorites in there.
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Obama is clearly in it for “Roma” and Marvel’s “Black Panther” in this year’s Best Picture race, while contenders “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” are also featured on his list.” How do you know he isn’t rooting more for Beale Street and BlacKkKlansman? There is no specific ranking, nor does he mention the “Oscars” or his specific predictions. Are those his biases showing? Hmmm
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Great list! A lot of my favorites in there.
I don't know about great. It is a pretty good list though.
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Don’t particularly care for him as a politician but he does have great taste
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I like Tayari Jones' latest novel, An American Marriage. Raw, powerful, full of searing emotion, this is a book which speaks not only to the relationship between man and woman, husband and wife, but it touches on the bond between parents and their children, even in adulthood, and the mercurial nature of life.
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Americanah is a beautiful mess. Adichie takes on race, immigration and emigration, the politics of natural hair, interracial relationships, what it means to leave home, and what it means to return, all wrapped up in a love story. The book is, at points, indulgent, just on and on the writing goes, the writer showing off her admittedly impressive way with words. Stronger editing would have done wonders for this book. But when this book is good, it is absolutely brilliant. (less)
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I enjoyed Adichie's novel Purple Hibiscus, but Americanah was a slog, for multiple reasons. I wish Adichie had written a memoir, rather than a semi-autobiographical, overly-long, meandering novel wherein we are treated to the narrator's supercilious, self-important observations about immigration, race, and class. The observations are keen and I don't disagree with their general message, but the delivery is smug and repetitive, an endless series of cocktail and dinner party scenes where the narrator mocks the ridiculousness of liberal and conservative Americans.
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An American Marriage was outstanding. Not only did I immediately become hooked and stay invested in the story, the quality of the writing was pure excellence.
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I grew up in a home of readers with a teacher mom and a dad who questioned my effort when I made an A-minus on my report card. When I began reading Educated, I was floored that Tara and her siblings were not in school, and they were not homeschooled either. How could this happen in modern times with compulsory schooling put in place long ago?
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