Obama Lists Indian Amitava Kumar's Book Among Favorites of 2018Top Stories

December 29, 2018 16:29
Obama Lists Indian Amitava Kumar's Book Among Favorites of 2018

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Former United States President Barack Obama has listed Indian writer Amitava Kumar's Immigrant, Montana among his favorite books of 2018.

Obama on Friday listed his favorite books, songs, and movies of the year, continuing his "favorite tradition" of sharing year-end lists.

"It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved," the former president said in a post on Facebook. "It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers - some who are household names and others who you may not have heard of before."

Immigrant, Montana is Kumar's second novel and deals with love, migration, politics, and race. Kumar thanked Obama on Twitter for reading the novel.

Among Obama's top picks of books of 2018 are Michelle Obama's Becoming, VS Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Zadie Smith's Feel Free and former White House staffer Ben Rhodes's The World As It Is.

His favorite movies include Annihilation, Black Panther, The Death of Stalin, Minding the Gap, Roma and Won't You Be My Neighbor.

-Sowmya Sangam

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