Below is a comprehensive list of books to read in July. Well, this list will include all genres of books so as to have some reading diversification.
I do hope that you like this list. Which books would you like to read in July? Kindly engage me more on this by leaving a comment.
Beyond the Narrow Gate by Lesslie Chang
In 1937, the year Leslie Chang’s mother was born, the city of Nanking was destroyed by Japanese invaders with instructions from the Emperor to “kill all: destroy all; burn all.”
Eleven years later, when the Red Army marched into China, Han Man-li’s family fled to Taiwan.
It was there, at an elite girl’s school in Taipei, that Han Man-li met Xiao Mei, Ling, and Ma-Hua.
They became close friends, sharing secrets, confidences, and the uncertainty of a country in turmoil.
A few years later, they would leave their homeland, passing through the “narrow gate” of the First Girl’s School on their way to America.
Student visas and scholarships brought them to the United States, but for Han Man-li, Xiao Mei, Ling, and Ma-Hua – now Mary, Dolores, Suzanne, and Margaret – their journey was just beginning.
In cities as far apart as New York and Los Angeles, from the biology lab of a women’s college to Wall Street to the gilded Chinese ghetto in California’s Palos Verdes, Mary, Dolores, Suzanne, and Margaret made their choices and their compromises.
That is part of the legacy and the memories they have passed on to their children.
Beyond the Narrow Gate is the story of four women whose lives took divergent paths, yet who will always be bound by their shared heritage.
It is a moving, insightful portrait of what it means to be a foreigner in America, to move from world to world without ever belonging to either – a truth that is at the heart of the immigrant experience.
Persian Fire by Tom Holland
In 480 B.C., Xerxes, the King of Persia, led an invasion of mainland Greece. Its success should have been a formality.
For seventy years, victory—rapid, spectacular victory—had seemed the birthright of the Persian Empire.
In the space of a single generation, they had swept across the Near East, shattering ancient kingdoms, storming famous cities, putting together an empire which stretched from India to the shores of the Aegean.
As a result of those conquests, Xerxes ruled as the most powerful man on the planet.
Yet somehow, astonishingly, against the largest expeditionary force ever assembled, the Greeks of the mainland managed to hold out.
The Persians were turned back. Greece remained free.
Had the Greeks been defeated in the epochal naval battle at Salamis, not only would the West have lost its first struggle for independence and survival, but it is unlikely that there would ever have been such an entity as the West at all.
Tom Holland’s brilliant book describes the very first “clash of Empires” between East and West.
As he did in the critically praised Rubicon, he has found extraordinary parallels between the ancient world and our own.
There is no other popular history that takes in the entire sweep of the Persian Wars, and no other classical historian, academic or popular, who combines scholarly rigor with novelistic depth with a worldly irony in quite the fashion that Tom Holland does.
From Naked Ape to Superspecies by David Suzuki & Holly Dressel
In this revised and fully up to date edition of From Naked Ape to Superspecies, David Suzuki and Holly Dressel describe how we have evolved beyond our needs, trampling other species in the process.
We learn about how human arrogance—demonstrated by our disregard for the small and microscopic species that constitute the Earth’s engine and our reckless use of powerful herbicides or genetically engineered crops—is threatening the health of our children and the safety of our food supply.
But it’s not too late to change our course.
From Naked Ape to Superspecies shows us that we are at a turning point—we can either push ahead on our path to destruction or we can reshape our place in nature and prosper.
A new introductory chapter provides an overview of how the world has changed since the first edition was published.
The final chapter of the book has been revised, and new examples and analyses have been added to the existing chapters throughout the book.
By Women Possessed by Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb
This is a tour through both a magical moment in American theater and the troubled life of a genius.
Not a peep show or a celebrity gossip fest, this book is a brilliant investigation of the emotional knots that ensnared one of our most important playwrights.
Handsome, charming when he wanted to be: O’Neill was the flame women were drawn to—all, that is, except his mother, who never let him forget he was unwanted.
By Women Possessed follows O’Neill through his great successes, the failures he was able to shrug off, and the long eclipse, a twelve-year period in which, despite the Nobel, nothing he wrote was produced.
But ahead lay his greatest achievements: The Iceman Cometh and Long Day’s Journey into Night.
Both were ahead of their time and both received lukewarm receptions.
It wasn’t until after his death that his widow, the keeper of the flame, began a fierce and successful campaign to restore his reputation.
The result is that today, just over 125 years after his birth, O’Neill is a towering presence in the theater, his work—always in performance here and abroad—still electrifying audiences.
Perhaps of equal importance, he is the acknowledged father of modern American theater, the man who paved the way for the likes of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and a host of others.
But, as Williams has said, at a cost: “O’Neill gave birth to the American theater and died for it.”
Things Worth Fighting For by Michael Kelly
Until his tragic death at forty-six while covering the war in Iraq, Michael Kelly was widely regarded as one of the preeminent journalists of his generation.
This collection of his most memorable stories and columns—drawn from the Washington Post, New York Times, New Republic, and other publications—puts on full display the dazzling panoply of his gifts.
From his searing portraits of political figures to his stunning wartime dispatches from the front lines, Things Worth Fighting For represents the work of a journalist who time and again demonstrated a talent for penetrating to the heart of the matter—for getting the story other writers missed and telling it with a verve few writers could match.
The Royals by Kitty Kelley
They are the most chronicled family on the face of the globe. Their every move attracts headlines.
Now Kitty Kelley has gone behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace to raise the curtain on the men and women who make up the British royal family.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Diana…here are the scandals of the last decades: the doomed marriages and the husbands, wives, lovers and children caught in their wake and damaged beyond repair.
No one is spared.
The Man Who Became Caravaggio by Peter Robb
As vividly and unflinchingly presented herein with “blood and bone and sinew” (Times Literary Supplement) by Peter Robb, Caravaggio’s wild and tempestuous life was a provocation to a culture in a state of siege.
The end of the sixteenth century was marked by the Inquisition and Counter-Reformation, a background of ideological war against which, despite all odds, brilliant feats of art and science were achieved.
No artist captured the dark, violent spirit of the time better than Caravaggio, variously known as Marisi, Moriggia, Merigi, and sometimes, simply M.
As art critic Robert Hughes has said, “There was art before him and art after him, and they were not the same.” Robb’s masterful biography “re-creates the mirror Caravaggio held up to nature,” as Hilary Spurling wrote in The New York Times Book Review, “with singular delicacy as well as passion and panache.”
What’s it All About by Michael Caine
Now, for the first time, he reveals the truth behind his remarkable life.
From his time as an evacuee during the Blitz to his front-line military service in the Korean War, from his early days as an assistant stagehand to becoming Peter O’Toole’s understudy, from walk-on parts in local theatres to blowing the bloody doors off with his legendary roles in Zulu and The Italian Job, Caine’s life was never simple or easy.
Discussing his little-known childhood and family alongside his hard-fought journey from London to Hollywood, Caine writes with astonishing candour about the good years and the lean years, bringing his unique charm and humour to his anecdotes and memories of a sprawling movie-making career. If you worked in Hollywood in the last few decades, you’ve probably worked with Michael Caine – and his accounts of his relationships with other superstars, both on and offscreen, make this autobiography essential reading for any fan not just of Michael Caine, but of film in general