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- Former president Bill Clinton released a list of books he thinks everyone should read.
- The list also includes the late Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
- He recommends both fiction and nonfiction works, though it’s clear he especially enjoys mystery novels.
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Bill Clinton, like other successful individuals, likes reading.
Clinton tweeted out a list of his favorite pieces of writing in 2019 so far. Most of them are books, but the former president also included a speech by the late Toni Morrison.
While Clinton doesn’t usually release his reading recommendations like he did on Wednesday, former president Barack Obama has an annual list of the best books and music he consumed that year. Bill Gates — who says he reads 50 books a year — recommends books routinely.
Here’s what former president Bill Clinton has been reading this year, along with an Amazon summary and a short comment about the books the former commander-in-chief included within the recommendation.
Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize Speech
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This isn’t a book, but Clinton said he read it "two or three times." The iconic American writer died on August 5.
"This America: The Case for the Nation" by Jill Lepore
Amazon summary: At a time of much despair over the future of liberal democracy, Jill Lepore makes a stirring case for the nation in "This America," a follow-up to her much-celebrated history of the United States, "These Truths."
Clinton’s thoughts: "Short powerful call for inclusive nationalism."
"How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization" by Mary Beard
Amazon summary: Conceived as a gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to "How Do We Look" and "The Eye of Faith," the famed "Civilisations" shows on PBS, renowned classicist Mary Beard has created this elegant volume on how we have looked at art.
Clinton’s thoughts: "How we see things."
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