Dreams From My Father

Obama was born in Hawaii to a Kenyan student and a white lady, the daughter of transplanted Kansans. After Barack Obama Sr. left Hawaii in 1963 to seek a Ph.D. at Harvard, their marriage fell apart; he died in a vehicle accident in Kenya in…

Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night

A community center, a co-op, a post office, and a depot—these are the sacred locations where evil ideas emerge in Icelandic novelist Jón Kalman Stefánsson's imagining of a churchless coastal hamlet. Summer Light, and Then Comes the Night,…

A Promised Land

In the memoir of his presidency, President Obama describes the difficulty he encountered on his way to the White House. In this autobiographical account, Obama describes his carefree upbringing, which included shooting hoops and “getting…