As summer reaches its midpoint, bibliophiles will have burned through at least a few reading lists by now. Don’t fret. There are books aplenty and summer reading lists yet to be conquered. Here are five additional books to round out your summer reading list.
Novak Djokovic just defeated Roger Federer to win the 2014 Wimbledon Gentleman’s Singles Championship. Though Djokovic and Federer played an epic match, tennis fans recall more intense rivalries on the court between tennis champions of the past. As the tennis hardcourt season gets underway, culminating in the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, pick up one of these tennis star autobiographies.
John McEnroe’s “You Cannot Be Serious” (2002) written with James Kaplan takes a look back at the life and career of the tennis great whose playing was occasionally overshadowed by his rants on the court. McEnroe’s rival for years, Jimmy Connors wrote a memoir of his own, “The Outsider” (2013). Connors recounts the struggles he faced in life and his triumphs on the court as the original “bad boy” of tennis.
Andre Agassi’s “Open: An Autobiography” (2009) is perhaps the best tennis autobiography in recent years. His candid and emotional account of his life on and off the court is a must read for Agassi fans and anyone interested in the fascinating and often complicated lives of sports stars. The insights and life lessons learned are inspiring for all.
For those less interested in sports and more interested in literature, “TransAtlantic” by Colum McCann is an extraordinary book. Flitting across time, the novel follows the interconnected lives of its characters in lyrical and beautifully written passages. The layers of history and meaning merge in the last part, unexpectedly and movingly bringing the story full circle.
July 8 is the birthday of the post-Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi. The daughter of an artist, Artemisia became a fine painter in her own right. The historical novel “Artemisia” by Alexandra Lapierre, translated from the French by Liz Heron, tells her story in all its drama. With notes and a bibliography, this scholarly work brings the woman artist and her struggles vividly to life.