A reading list for young lawyers

Jill’s comment to the post about Letters to a young scientist gave me an idea. I would like to solicit suggestions for a reading list of books that young lawyers might find helpful.  It does not matter whether the book relates to the law. The book may well be something entirely unrelated to law, but worthy of a young lawyer’s consideration. Fiction or non-fiction is fine–it doesn’t matter.

So, if you  have a suggestion for a book or even several books that young lawyers should read, put it in a comment to this post.  If I get enough comments, I will put up a post with a compilation of the suggestions.

And, let’s use a bit of a format. Nothing fancy. Something like, title, author, and several descriptive sentences about the book and why you think young lawyers should read it.

I will start.

  1. The Immense Journey. Loren Eiseley. In my opinion, the best book ever written. Young lawyer’s need perspective. Eiseley provides it in a book on natural history and time with prose so beautiful it can make you weep.
  2. Jack Aubrey Novels. Patrick O’Brian. Twenty novels on the friendship of ship’s captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent. Young lawyers need to read for fun. Life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson’s navy provides the background for the best historical novels ever written.
  3. A Grief Observed. C.S. Lewis. Written after his wife’s death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moment,” A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss.  I hope young lawyers will never need this book. Unfortunately, I did. In some ways, this very short book saved my life.

I look forward to your suggestions.


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