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Summer Reading for History Buffs

This year’s summer reading program is full of fun and food, games and prizes – but what about the books?  Not to worry, we still have scads of those, too!  Summer in the City just wouldn’t be complete without great reads to jog your mind on these lazy days.



The American Heiress by Daisy GoodwinThe American Heiress book cover

Traveling abroad at the turn of the 20th century, Cora Cash suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to the most eligible bachelor in England. But, she finds, the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.


Wolf Hall by Hilary MantelWolf Hall Book Cover

Exploring the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics, Mantel peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, molded with great passion, suffering and courage.


Destiny of the Republic by Candice MillardDestiny of the Republic book cover

Four months after Garfield’s inauguration, a deranged office seeker shot him in the back. The drama of what happened next is a powerful tale of medical mishaps and national turmoil.


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik LarsonIn the Garden of Beasts book cover

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, on the cusp of Third Reich Germany.  Larson’s historical narrative is suffused with unforgettable portraits of bizarre and sinister characters.


Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy SchiffCleopatra book cover

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold, but was richer still in political intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist. Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world.


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