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President Barack Obama posted his annual list of favorite books, movies and songs on his Facebook page yesterday. Do you remember when we had an intellectually and culturally curious president who read books, for example? It seems so long ago …

From Facebook:

When 2018 comes to an end, I will continue one of my favorite traditions and divide my lists towards the end of the year. It gives me a moment in which, through the books, films and music that I find most thought-provoking, inspiring or simply loved, I can reflect and reflect on the year. It also gives me the opportunity to highlight talented writers, artists and storytellers – some of them are well-known names and others you may not have heard of. Here's my Best of 201

8 list – I hope you enjoy reading, watching and listening.

Here's a reminder of the books I've read this year that appeared on earlier lists:
Used by Michelle Obama (obviously my favorite!)
An American marriage by Tayari Jones
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live and Die by Keith Payne
Taught by Tara Westover
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Future: A Family Secret , an epic quest and the mystery of belonging to Alex Wagner
A wheat grain of Ngugi wa Thiong
A house for Mr. Biswas of VS Naipaul
How to Die Democracies by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

In the shadow of the statues: A white Southerner confronts the story of Mitch Landrieu
The long way to freedom of Nelson Mandela
The new geography of the jobs of E nrico moretti
The Return of Hisham Matar
Things Disintegrate by Chinua Achebe
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen
The World as it is by Ben Rhodes

Here are my other favorite books of 2018:
American prison of Shane Bauer
Arthur Ashe: A life of Raymond Arsenault
Asymmetry of Lisa Halliday
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
Florida by Lauren Groff [19459005FrederickDouglass:TheProphet'sFreedomfromDavidWBlight
Immigrants, Montana from Amitava Kumar
Denis Johnson's Largesse of Sea Maiden
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
There by Tomm y Orange
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

My favorite films from 2018:
Annihilation
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Blind spot ting
The death of Stalin
The death of Stalin
Eighth class
When Beale Street could speak
No trace left
Mapping the gap
The rider
Roma
Shoplifting
Supporting the girls
Won't be my neighbor

And finally, my favorite songs from 2018:
Monkeys •• t from The Carters
Bad bad news from Leon Bridges
Could have been from YOU (feat. Bryson Tiller)
Disco Yes by Tom Misch (feat. Poppy Ajudha)
Ekombe by Jupiter & Okwess
Each time I hear the song by Brandi Carlile
Girl Goin & Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
Historia De Un Amor by Tonina (feat. Javier Limón and Tali Rubinstein)
I like it from Cardi B (featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
Kevin's Heart from J. Cole
King For A Day by Anderson East
Love Lies by Khalid & Normani
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monáe
Mary Do not Weep (Piano & a Microphone by 1983) by Prince
My Own Thing by Chance of the Rapper (feat Joey Purp)
I Need Some Time by Courtney Barnett
Nina Cried Power by Hozier
Nterini by Fatoumata Diawara
A Trick ponies by Kurt Vile [19459005Turnin'MeUpbyBJtheChicagoKid
Waiting at the River of Lord Huron
Wow Freestyle by Jay R. ock (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

And in honor of one of the great jazz singers of all time who died this year, a classic album: The Great American Songbook by Nancy Wilson

(Photo: Pete Souza / White House Archives)

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