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10 Summer Reads From FindLaw Staff

Summer for kids may mean no more teachers and no more books, but you're an adult. And reading is fun-damental. Plus, as a grown-up of legal age, you can flip the pages of your favorite paperback with a cold glass of sangria or a frosty beer.

We're pretty sure you won't need help finding your favorite beverage, but in the spirit of summer literacy, our FindLaw staff offered these 10 summer reads:

  1. "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett -- Consumer Legal Manager Jeffrey Davis likens it to "Game of Thrones" before "Game of Thrones" was cool.
  2. "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester -- Consumer Blogs Senior Writer Christopher Coble recommends this retelling of the two men responsible for the Oxford English Dictionary.
  3. "Henry II" by W. L. Warren -- Direct to Consumer Product Manager Jeff Yano recommends this scholarly look at the life of the enigmatic titular monarch.
  4. "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler -- Core Content Senior Writer Anne O'Donnell thinks you'll enjoy this funny and insightful piece from SNL and "Parks and Recreation" comedian Amy Poehler.
  5. "Tales of the Jazz Age" by F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Direct to Consumer Team Lead Gabriella Khorasanee offers this collection of Fitzgerald's short stories, including "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" for poolside reading.
  6. "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief" by Lawrence Wright -- Core Content Team Lead Corey Licht offers up this investigative look into Scientology and its inner workings.
  7. "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel -- Direct to Consumer Product Manager Brett Snider (me) recommends this post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel about plagues and comic books.
  8. "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon -- Legal Professional Blogs Senior Writer Casey Sullivan suggests this somewhat cheesy mystery/coming-of-age novel for beach reading.
  9. "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr -- Social and Community Team Lead Laura Strachan just finished reading this Pulitzer Prize winner about a chance encounters in Nazi-occupied France.
  10. "Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir" by Jamie Brickhouse -- Core Content Senior Writer Gina Scialabba recommends this darkly funny memoir from a man who once did voiceover work for "Beavis and Butthead."

Hopefully this list will keep your literacy muscles pumped while you kick back this summer.