Hail to the Chief (reader?)
In an interview with NY Times lead book critic Michiko Kakutani, President Obama discusses the books that he read while serving as Leader of the Free World. One series that helped him gain perspective on his political troubles was Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past (known best by its first novel, The Three-Body Problem):
It wasn’t so much sort of character studies as it was just this sweeping –
Kakutani: It’s really about the fate of the universe.
Exactly. The scope of it was immense. So that was fun to read, partly because my day-to-day problems with Congress seem fairly petty – not something to worry about. The aliens are about to invade! [Laughter].
Mr. Obama further reveals that he is pen-pals with novelist Marilynne Robinson (best known for her spiritual generational novel, Gilead). And his most recently finished novel was Colson Whitehead’s Civil War fantasy, The Underground Railroad.
Given his reading preferences, I would certainly invite Mr. Obama to a Beamers meeting. Maybe if we can get the Whitehead novel on the schedule and Mr. Obama is in the area …