David Nakamura at the Washington Post reports the six books President Obama is taking on his 16-day summer vacation:

  • Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • All That Is by James Salter

That's a pretty impressive summer reading list. The Lahiri novel is an underrated work, the Doerr is unanimously beloved, and the Coates is beautiful and challenging and heartbreaking.