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President Obama’s Favorite Films, Books, and Music of 2023


December 29, 2023

It’s time for one of our favorite traditions: President Obama’s annual list of top picks!

From books to movies to music, check out some of the stories and art that resonated with President Obama this year:

A white graphic with a multicolored blue-green border reads “Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2023: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride; The Maniac by Benjamin Labatut; Poverty, By America by Matthew Desmond; How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair; The Wager by David Grann; The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff; Humanly Possible by Sarah Bakewell; King: A Life by Jonathan Eigh; The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese; The Best Minds by Jonathan Rosen; All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby; The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory by Tim Alberta; Some People Need Killing by Patricia Evangelista; and This Other Eden by Paul Harding.”
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President Obama has always believed that the arts are a powerful form of expression in a democratic culture and platform to fuel positive change. 

That belief will be reflected in the future Obama Presidential Center, which will feature a community recording studio, auditorium, and a new branch of the Chicago Public Library! You can learn more about the Center here.

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