Summer Reading for History/Historical Fiction Fans

Whether you are taking a holiday or staycation during this difficult summer, take the time to catch up on some of the latest must-read history/historical fiction books. Check out the list below for a selection of both fiction and nonfiction titles and get lost in these compelling stories of olden times. Click on the links for additional information, to read reviews, and to place a hold on your top choices.

Alaric the Goth

An American academic tells the story of the fall of Rome from outside the walls of the city, with Alaric the Goth.

The Book of Lost Friends

This new novel from Wingate (Before We Were Yours) tells the absorbing story of three young women searching for lost relatives in the aftermath of the Civil War.

The Splendid and the Vile

A gripping account of Winston Churchill's first year as Britain's war prime minister (May 1940-May 1941). During this time, he deals with the collapse of resistance to German advances in Europe. He also works to hold the country together during the Blitz and convince the United States to support Britain's cause.

The Mirror & the Light

The final volume in Mantel's prize-winning account of the life of Thomas Cromwell.

Eat the Buddha

The tragic history of Tibet under Chinese rule is told through the lives of real Tibetans caught up in the conflict.

Riviera Gold

This 17th entry in the bestselling historical mystery series featuring Mary Russell and her husband Sherlock Holmes is set on the French Riviera in 1925.

Islamic Empires

A history of Islamic civilization told through its greatest cities.

The Book of Longings

Kidd (The Invention of Wings) takes us back to 1st century Galilee in this novel the centers on Ana, the fictitious wife of Jesus, and the sister of Judas.