12 Legal (and Non-Legal) Beach Reads

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Summer has arrived! The sun is shining, the days are long, and Pike Place Market is flooded with tourists. It’s time to put down those case books and briefs and pick up those ice-cold drinks and suntan lotion. As you relax and make your way to the poolside or beach, don’t forget your most important accessory: a good book.

Here are 12 exciting beach reads — legal and non-legal — to keep you engaged this summer:

The Gods of Guilt (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly returns with the next book in his Lincoln Lawyer series, which follows criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller who runs his law practice from the back of his Lincoln Town Car. In The Gods of Guilt, Mickey agrees to defend a pimp accused of killing one of his girls, who also happened to be a former friend of Mickey’s.

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for more than 20 years. After a shocking crime shatters his New England town, Andy is stunned when he learns his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Read the NWSidebar review of Defending Jacob.

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

After her 2008 presidential run, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked by President Obama to serve in his administration. This newly published memoir is the story of the crisis, choices, and challenges she faced during the next four years as America’s 67th secretary of state.

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Astonish Me takes place in the demanding world of professional ballet and tells the story of its hold over two generations of dancers.

Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins

In the future, the Supreme Court has reversed Roe v. Wade, strengthened the Patriot Act, and dismissed the Fourth Amendment. When two Supreme Court justices are killed, former Secret Service Agent Joe Reeder is assigned to the multi-agency task force investigating the murders and soon uncovers a conspiracy to overthrow the Court.

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

No Place to Hide tells the story of Edward Snowden, the systems administrator who instigated the massive leak of classified documents outlining the NSA’s surveillance programs.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

David Sedaris is one of America’s renowned humor writers. His latest collection of essays includes childhood memories, encounters with strangers, and a visit to a taxidermy shop, to name just a few.

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr

Empty Mansions delves into the mysterious Huguette Clark and her intimate circle of family and friends.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s 2044 and Wade Watts, along with the rest of society, spends his day plugged into the virtual reality world known as OASIS. Wade dreams of finding the three keys hidden inside OASIS by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. Whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune, and when Wade discovers the first clue, he finds himself being chased by players willing to kill in order to win everything.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

Marina Keegan was 22 and freshly graduated from Yale when she was killed in a car crash. Her collection of essays and stories, published posthumously, articulates the hope and uncertainty of her generation and the struggles we all face as we try to determine who we are.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

In the smash bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty seeks to uncover economic and social patterns about wealth and inequality by analyzing data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If you haven’t read this suspenseful novel about marriage, secrets, and lies, you still have a couple of months left before the movie comes out in October.

One thought on “12 Legal (and Non-Legal) Beach Reads

  1. johnscherber

    On the other side of the law…Your readers might enjoy learning about a new organization starting up. It’s called the Mexico Mystery Writers Cartel, and I’m pleased to be a founding member. Murder in Mexico is my series of twelve mysteries set in and around the upscale expat colony of San Miguel de Allende. Artist Paul Zacher is drawn into crime investigation because ‘he might see things differently.’ Maybe it’s time for the rich humanity of Mexico to show through all the narco headlines! Ready for the real Mexico, beyond the phony news reports? Take a look at this suspenseful and often funny series, available in Print, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBook in the Apple Store. Start with ‘Twenty Centavos’ by trying a sample on my website.


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