President Obama's Recommended Reads

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As President Obama leaves office at noon on Friday, it's a good time to recall his years of passionate exploration of the printed word. Check out this list of highlights that we've culled from the several lists he has released over the years.

Obama has shared his all-time favorite books, summer reading choices, favorite novels and non-fiction, and his best loved books about other presidents. The New York Times recently published an article that revealed books helped him with the daily stress of presidential life. I'm sure many of us can relate. How many times have you gotten home from a rough day at work to dive into a juicy novel that whisks you away to another world, free from meetings or deadlines?

Even back when he was an Illinois senator, Obama posed for one of Skokie Public Library's READ posters. He is shown above reading Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Works about Lincoln seem to be a particular favorite of his - he named three books about Honest Abe in one reading list. Readers who are curious to follow in his footsteps can devote 89 hours to read his essential reads. Or perhaps you're a young leader in training - read his recommended books to help you prepare for great responsibility. Have young children or teens? He's got you covered - share his favorite books with them. Do all these lists seem overwhelming? We've chosen several titles to highlight, which will make borrowing them easy.

We hope that when he's left the White House, he'll have even more time to read. Farewell, Reader in Chief!

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