Legal eagle summer reading

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Looking for a good book or two to dig into this summer? Stanford Law School faculty offer up some of their favorite reads. (Photo: Shutterstock)

From World War II to classical music, Stanford Law School professors are exploring themes in an eclectic variety of books this summer. The law school has put together a list of those reads, and below are a few juicy titles you might also consider carrying in your tote bag all the way through Labor Day:

Janet Cooper Alexander is reading A God in Ruins and Life After Life, both by Kate Atkinson. Michael Asimow recommends An Equal Music by Vikram Seth. Ralph Richard Banks is reading Growing Up by Russell Baker and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Michele Dauber suggests So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson and Missoula by Jon Krakauer. And Nora Freeman Engstrom is turning the pages of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – a deeply profound work, she said.

Being Mortal reminds us what’s important and offers concrete advice on how to ensure that our final days reflect the values by which we lived,” said Engstrom.

Then there’s Michelle M. Mello, who is exploring Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh and The Cigarette Century by Allan Brandt. And Beth Van Schaack is tackling some high themes in Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell – “a terrific account of his time joining a militia to fight in the Spanish Civil War.”

Finally, there is Michael S. Wald, who recommends The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, who offers a gripping story about his family history and the role of Jews in European society from the early 1800s to the present.

So, bring on the summer barbecues, bring on the days at the beach. But most of all, just like the law faculty, bring on the books.