What We Are Reading Today: The Obama Portraits

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Updated 14 February 2020

What We Are Reading Today: The Obama Portraits

Authors: Taína Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard Powell, and Kim Sajet 


From the moment of their unveiling at the National Portrait Gallery in early 2018, the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama have become two of the most beloved artworks of our time. 

Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former first lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public, and attendance at the museum has more than doubled as visitors travel from near and far to view these larger-than-life paintings.

After witnessing a woman drop to her knees in prayer before the portrait of Barack Obama, one guard said, “No other painting gets the same kind of reactions. Ever.” The Obama Portraits is the first book about the making, meaning, and significance of these remarkable artworks, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

Richly illustrated with images of the portraits, exclusive pictures of the Obamas with the artists during their sittings, and photos of the historic unveiling ceremony by former White House photographer Pete Souza, this book offers insight into what these paintings can tell us about the history of portraiture and American culture.

What We Are Reading Today: Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra

Updated 21 September 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra

For the past 30 years, deepak Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the west. total meditation offers a complete exploration and reinterpretation of the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits that this practice can bring, according to review published on goodreads.com.

Chopra guides readers on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are.

Readers will undergo a transformative process, which will result in an awakening of the body, mind, and spirit that will allow you to live in a state of open, free, creative, and blissful awareness 24 hours a day.

With this book, Chopra elevates the practice of meditation to a life-changing quest for higher consciousness and a more fulfilling existence.

He also incorporates new research on meditation and its benefits, provides practical awareness exercises, and concludes with a 52-week program of meditations to help revolutionize every aspect of your life.