President Obama used to whisk his girls to Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington for shopping expeditions, and last year the Reader-in-Chief told Americans they shouldn’t miss The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead’s prize-winning novel about slavery.
When Bill Clinton was president, the mystery fan made a star out of novelist Walter Mosley. And it turns out that George W. Bush was a voracious reader during his presidency. According to Karl Rove, the president’s eclectic reading list included everything from biographies to Albert Camus’ The Stranger.
President Trump may be a best-selling author (though The Art of the Deal was ghostwritten by Tony Schwartz), but he’s not known as much of a reader. The former reality TV star is more of a TV guy. We doubt Hillary Clinton or James Comey’s forthcoming memoirs are on his library waiting list.
But what if Trump were to stuff his beach bag, or golf bag, with books to read during his “working” summer break at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.?
Here’s our recommended reading list:
1. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Trump’s controversial anti-immigration policies helped get him elected. But here’s a debut novel that shines a light on the struggles of an immigrant couple from Cameroon who go to work for a Lehman Brothers executive just before the financial crisis of 2008.
It’s the latest selection of Oprah’s Book Club. Winfrey called Dreamers a “great summer read” and said, “it’s about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the ‘us vs. them’ mentality.”
2. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Hillbilly Elegy got a “Trump bump” last year when the author became a frequent cable news guest. Vance, who had a hardscrabble childhood in Appalachia and later success at Yale Law School and Silicon Valley, writes about the kind of poor and working-class whites who helped put Trump in the White House.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
Trump’s embrace of “alternative facts” and constant bashing of the news media alarmed enough Americans to send Orwell’s chilling 1949 dystopian classic all the way to No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list earlier this year. If Trump has never read this classroom staple in which “Big Brother” is always watching, maybe…