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Top 10 Legal (and Non-Legal) Summer Beach Reads

By Aditi Mukherji, JD on May 26, 2013 8:38 AM

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:

  1. "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.
  2. "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.
  3. "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" by James Gleick. From African talking drums to tweets, the 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.
  4. "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.
  5. "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.

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