January 10, 2017
A presidential reading list, care of Powell’s
by Taylor Sperry
Months ago, during a more innocent time, we wrote (here and here) about how Donald Trump “isn’t much of a reader.”
Now, the good people at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, have offered up a necessary corrective for the president-elect—and, let’s face it, we should all be doing whatever we can to make the next four years less awful. (For some ideas on What We Do Now, see here!)
Any day now, both President Obama and President-elect Trump will receive packages of books from Powell’s according to what patrons have recommended for each of them. The prompt was generous—“What books might be entertaining or suit each president’s personal interests?,” etc.—and the final lists reflect the generosity of the Powell’s community at large. They include, for Obama, Michael Lewis’s The Undoing Project, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, and Lucy Burningham’s My Beer Year (“President Obama deserves to spend some time drinking a good beer. Maybe an entire year of drinking good beers,” says John from DeKalb, IL), and, for Trump, Ron Chernow’s Washington, Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies, and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction.
The complete lists are available here.
Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.