In between playing rounds of golf during a Hawaii vacation with his family, President Obama will be tackling a weighty reading list. For the curious, the White House released the titles on Friday:
The Whites by Richard Price
An Amazon description of the novel reads: "The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege-by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge."
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
"Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder," an Amazon description says of the book. "The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes."
The Wright Brothers by David Mccullough
A New York Times bestselling non-fiction title, Amazon calls the book a "dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly."
The description reads: "In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them."
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
"Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens," the Amazon description reads. "An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision."
The president arrived in Hawaii on Dec. 19 and will stay until Jan. 3, 2016.