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Six books, 2,771 pages of beach reads for Obama's vacation

The White House on Thursday released a list of six books President Barack Obama will be reading over his vacation in Martha's Vineyard. They span from novels to nonfiction books about climate change and race relations in the United States.

In the past, Obama's summer reading list has leaned heavily toward novels - perhaps to escape from the stress of the presidency - but this year's selection offers an even split between nonfiction and fiction.

Obama may have enjoyed one of his summer reads on Thursday when, according to the White House, he spent the day at a private beach with family and friends.

Here's what Obama has been reading on vacation:

"Between the World and Me"

This 176-page personal exploration of life for black
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This 176-page personal exploration of life for black Americans by Ta-Nehisi Coates came out July 14, 2015 and is already a New York Times bestseller. Astoria Bookshop has been offering the title at cost. Toni Morrison has dubbed the book as "required reading."

"The Sixth Extinction"

This 336-page nonfiction Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth
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This 336-page nonfiction Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Elizabeth Kolbert is about the effects of man-made climate change. Both "The Sixth Extinction" and "Between the World" touch on issues Obama has said are major priorities of the final years of his presidency.

"All That Is"

This nationally bestselling 368-page novel by James Salter
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This nationally bestselling 368-page novel by James Salter tells the story of a World War II veteran returning to New York City and finding success in the post-war publishing world.

"All The Light We Cannot See"

Anthony Doerr's new 531-page novel won the 2015
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Anthony Doerr's new 531-page novel won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The book takes place in Paris and Germany during World War II and tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy who struggle through the war together.

"The Lowland"

This 432 page novel by Pulitzer Prize winner
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This 432 page novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri was a National Book Award Finalist and shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. "The Lowland" tells the story of an Indian family immigrating to America, with a narrative taking place from the 1960s until current day.

"Washington: A Life"

This 928-page biography of the first American president
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This 928-page biography of the first American president George Washington by Ron Chernow debuted in 2011 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography that year.

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