Before you dig your toes into the sand and sip a cool beverage, don't forget to pack a few summer beach books. From humor to legal history to a children's book about bullying, there's something for everyone.
Here's our list of the Top 10 legal (and not-so-legal) summer beach reads:
- "Glover's Mistake" by Nick Laird. This attorney-turned-author (and hubby to Zadie Smith) penned one of the funniest and most heartwrenching tales you will read this summer. A love triangle gone terribly awry.
- "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen. This novel, though not written by a lawyer, comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: teenage lust, middle age, suburban sprawl, and the heavy weight of empire.
- "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" by James Gleick. From African talking drums to tweets, the renowned science writer explores how information, communication, and information theory have changed human consciousness.
- "The Great Gasby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The legal world is no stranger to excess. Before checking out Baz Luhrmann's cinematic rendition this summer, revisit the classic itself -- especially since the movie doesn't do the book justice.
- "The Privileges" by Jonathan Dee. This novel explores bankruptcy -- of the moral variety, anyway. The story centers around alienating wealth and the rich people we love to hate.
- "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook COO's business autobiography has set off a national debate, even among lawyers. Improving the workplace for women is a hot-button legal topic, which makes this book a worthwhile read.
- "Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls" by David Sedaris. Without objection, David Sedaris is always hilarious, and always a safe summer read. If all else fails, go with Sedaris.
- "Hugh Howey: Wool" by Colum McCann. As we've discussed on our blogs, self-publishing is getting big. This self-published/small-published work is making waves for being snapped up by a major publisher. This sci-fi tale already has an incredible following, was a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon, and director Ridley Scott has optioned it.
- "Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson. For the little beach bums out there, this book focuses on a boy who literally uses a recipe for turning bullies into best friends. As Publisher's Weekly has noted, it's a great creative bullying resource for children.
- "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" by Michelle Alexander. Finally, for adults who want something a bit more legally provocative, this book by a prominent civil rights lawyer suggests the election of President Barack Obama does not signal a new era of colorblindness. The discussion explores how the "War on Drugs" and the U.S. criminal justice system are perpetuating a racial caste in America.
- Top 5 Summer Beach Reads for Lawyers (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- A First Time for Everything: Supreme Court Summer Reading List (FindLaw's U.S. Supreme Court Blog)
- Sandra Day O'Connor Gets 'Out of Order' With New Book (FindLaw's U.S. Supreme Court Blog)
- Why it Pays to Self-Publish a Professional Ebook (FindLaw's Free Enterprise)