Posts Tagged ‘books

01
Jan
18

A Well Rounded President

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President Barack Obama

During my presidency, I started a tradition of sharing my reading lists and playlists. It was a nice way to reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world. With some extra time on my hands this year to catch up, I wanted to share the books and music that I enjoyed most. From songs that got me moving to stories that inspired me, here’s my 2017 list — I hope you enjoy it and have a happy and healthy New Year.

The best books I read in 2017:
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Grant by Ron Chernow
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
*Bonus for hoops fans: Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano

My favorite songs of 2017:
Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William
Havana by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug)
Blessed by Daniel Caesar
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
First World Problems by Chance The Rapper (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Rise Up by Andra Day
Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled (feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller)
Family Feud by Jay-Z (feat. Beyoncé)
Humble by Kendrick Lamar
La Dame et Ses Valises by Les Amazones d’Afrique (feat. Nneka)
Unforgettable by French Montana (feat. Swae Lee)
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness by The National
Chanel by Frank Ocean
Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man
Butterfly Effect by Travis Scott
Matter of Time by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Little Bit by Mavis Staples
Millionaire by Chris Stapleton
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles
Broken Clocks by SZA
Ordinary Love (Extraordinary Mix) by U2
*Bonus: Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen (not out yet, but the blues version in his Broadway show is the best!)

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03
Nov
17

David Litt On “Thanks, Obama”

23
Dec
16

The Reader In Chief

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28
Nov
15

A Presidential Small Business Saturday

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President Barack Obama looks to his daughter Sasha, as they order at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, in the background at right, orders a treat at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) pays for purchases at Pleasant Pops, as daughters Malia and Sasha enjoy a popsicle, in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) discusses with his daughters Sasha (R) and Malia before purchasing items at Pleasant Pops in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, orders at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, orders at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, right, joined by his daughters Malia, second from left, and Sasha, second from right, talk with manager Anna Thorn, left, as they shop at Upshur Street Books on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama joined by his daughters Malia and Sasha, talk with manager Anna Thorn as they shop at Upshur Street Books on Small Business Saturday

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U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L) depart the Upshur Street Books after visting the store to buy books with their father, in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

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President Barack Obama, right, joined by his daughters Malia and Sasha, talks with manager Anna Thorn, left, shops at Upshur Street Books on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs Upshur Street Books after purchasing books with daughters Malia and Sasha, in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

02
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Sending you positive thoughts, GB. TOD is wrapping its arms around you

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“Apology.” After blaming Tamir Rice, a 12 year old child for his own murder. No concrete action. BS

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Another day, another horrifying case of police brutality

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Yet, she’s alive. Look at that

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Telling how the article used disarm an officer instead of reaching/grabbing for his gun

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Shame on the Democrats attending this farce

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Law and Order theme plays

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Fantastic authors. Get your reading on!

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I believe this is what is called a Jedi Mind Trick Fail

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The Simpsons win again in the prediction business

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KILLER RABBITS!!! The DEA guy really needs to put down the bong

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Obama Derangement Syndrome on blast 😀

29
Nov
14

Book Worms

The President after spotting Chuck Todd’s comic (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Bought Books

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Junie B. Jones Series #2) – Barbara Park

A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More – Doreen Cronin

I Spy Sticker Book and Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo

Nuts to You – Lynn Rae Perkins

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1) – Barbara Park

Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson

Redwall (Redwall Series #1) – Brian Jacques

Mossflower (Redwall Series #2) – Brian Jacques

Mattimeo – Brian Jacques (Redwall Series #3)

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms – Katherine Rundell

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

Nora Webster – Colm Toibin

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China – Evan Osnos

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29
Nov
14

Supporting #SmallBusinessSaturday

President Obama, Sasha and Malia shop at Politics and Prose bookstore for “Small Business Saturday,” on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Washington

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09
Dec
12

Rise and Shine – and Chat Away

Hey, another Liberal Librarian.

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MooooOooooOoooooOooorning everyone. Another busy-ish Sunday, will be back later 😉

27
Mar
11

chump update: his ‘white house con began 24 years ago’

Steve Kornacki: How The Donald discovered that pretending to run for president can be good for business ….

….Paul Riddell from Texas wrote that he agreed Trump’s “campaign” is a publicity stunt, not just because he did the same thing back in 2000, but because he also did it in the 1988 cycle … it turns out it’s true: The Trumpster’s first fake presidential campaign actually took place 24 years ago…

….he was handed a deal to write the “Trump: The Art of the Deal.” Publication was set for November 1987 … And wouldn’t you know it, a few months before the book’s release, stories began appearing that Trump – seemingly out of nowhere – might jump into the 1988 presidential race as a Republican … “Anyone would be honored to hear this,” he said. Then he swung into action, taking out ads in major newspapers addressing topics ranging from the deficit to nuclear weaponry to Central America. And he scheduled a speech in New Hampshire…

….with his money and bluster, Trump was portrayed as a potential wild card. He denied that he was running – always leaving enough wiggle room to keep the media playing along….Not long after the NH speech, “The Art of the Deal” hit bookstores. It was a runaway hit. And with that, the trips to New Hampshire and the flirtations with the ’88 race stopped. He’d already accomplished his goal: enhancing the Trump brand….

12 years later, with another book to promote, he did it all over again (see here). And now, 12 years after that, he’s back again. (There’s no book for Trump to promote this time, but there is his C-list celebrity train wreck on NBC, which (conveniently enough) premiered just as the Trump for President chatter intensified).

More here

03
Mar
11

behind-the-scenes on dr seuss’ birthday




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