Candice Millard



Candice Millard is the author of four bestselling books and the winner of numerous literary awards. Her newest book, River of the Gods, harrowing story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time, was featured as our July Read of the Month. Candice gave us a list of some of her favorite books of some of her favorite reads, and told us a little bit about each one and what made it so special to her. Check out her book list below, and also see her other bestselling books!
 
 
 
 

July's Read of the Month

River of the Gods By Candice Millard

The harrowing story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time and its complicated legacy—from the New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic

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Candice's Book Recommendations

Check out some of Candice's favorite books and read why she loved them so much!

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
By Maya Angelou

I first read this book when I was very young and found it in a rack of free-to-keep books in my hometown library. At the time, I had no idea who Maya Angelou was, but this, her first autobiography, changed me in a fundamental way and has had a lasting impact on my life. Decades later, I still have my first copy.

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The Guns of August
By Barbara W. Tuchman


Barbara Tuchman is the writer I aspire to be. When my dad first introduced me to her work many years ago, I realized for the first time that history could be literature. If you want to understand the horror of war in an intensely personal and powerful way—and what better way to prevent it?—this is the book to read.

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Sophie's Choice
By William Styron


The movie is beautiful and wrenching, but the book is so much more. It is completely original, surprisingly funny, achingly sweet, and absolutely devastating. After I read it for the first time, William Styron instantly became one of my favorite novelists.

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Spectacle
By Pamela Newkirk


This is a painful book about a stunningly shameful moment in our not-too-distant past, but it is meticulously researched and beautifully told. I will never forget the story of Ota Benga, a Congolese man who was caged in an exhibit in the New York Zoological Gardens, and neither will anyone else who reads this book.

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Upstream
By Mary Oliver


I keep this book on my bedside table so that I can re-read it, a few pages at a time, whenever I need something quiet and comforting. In these careful, thoughtful essays, Oliver describes natural places that for me perfectly evoke my childhood spent wandering the streams and woods near my Ohio hometown.

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More From Candice Millard

The River of Doubt
By Candice Millard

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait—the bestselling author of Destiny of the Republic brings us the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

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Destiny of the Republic
By Candice Millard

The extraordinary account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy, from the bestselling author of The River of Doubt.

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