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Summer is fast approaching. The Memorial Day Weekend starts next week. And along with back yard grilling and pool parties and baseball and lazy summer days sailing the breezes of Biscayne Bay comes our favourite activity (excluding the craftily placed hidden insult of a judge): lying in a hammock by the ocean and reading a good book.
Here's what Rumpole recommends:
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. A pure work of genius by the author who has cemented her place as this generation's best fiction writer.
The Hours, by Michael Cunningham. Another winner of the Pulitzer Prize (the Goldfinch was recently awarded this year's prize for fiction), as well as the PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, The Hours explores the impact of Virginia Woolf's book on three generations of women: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Brown- married to a recently returned WWII Veteran, Brown is reading the book in 1949, and Clarissa Vaughn, a NYC Greenwich Village resident circa 2000-2001.
Will Not Attend, by Adam Resnick. Hilarious short but true stories documenting the life of Mr. Resnick, a comedy writer. We loved the story about the Piano which recently appeared in the New Yorker. "Booker's a Nice Guy", a story about Resnick and his brother out for a car ride with their dad and coming across the school janitor was so funny, we had to close our Kindle several times to stop laughing.
Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis. Now you will know just how and why the stock market is rigged against the individual investor. If the banks and brokerages houses and multi-billion dollar hedge funds are getting ripped by the electronic traders, what chance do you have?
Men's Lives, by Peter Matthiessen. A little read gem about the Long Island commercial fishing industry by a wonderful author who just recently passed away. Matthessen is better known for his "Killing Mr. Watson" trilogy about the early settlers of the West Coast of Florida and the Everglades.
Selected Stories of Alice Munro. This woman is as good a short story writer as there is. What could possibly interest a gruff South Florida trial lawyer about the lives of Canadian women? A lot actually. Read this book.
Where Nobody Knows Your Name, by John Feinstein. The best reality sports writer in the business turns his talents to the trials and tribulations of Baseball's minor leagues. A great baseball book for the fan.
Lincoln's Boys, by Joshua Zeitz. Lincoln had two aides: John Hay and John Nicolay. They were with the President 24 hours a day. Not just witness to history, Hay and Nicolay were history.
That should keep you busy for a while. If you need more recommendations, just email us. We are the most well read person we know.
See you tomorrow in court.
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