L AW Y E R S F O R J U S T I C E
PERSONAL INJURY LAW JOURNAL
MY BOOKSHELF A FEW OF MY FAVORITE READS
In preparation for a family road trip, I recently took my daughters to our local library to pick out some books for the drive. The librarian’s a family friend who happens to have kids around the same age as mine, and she not only helped the twins find a few great stories but also introduced us all to two great apps. Kanopy and Hoopla let users check out e-books, movies, and more from their devices. So, with National Library Week landing this month, I want to share a few reading recommendations you can pick up using these free services. Of course, I have to start with Doug’s and my favorite: “Kane and Abel” by Jeffrey Archer. Not to be confused with the biblical story, this New York Times bestselling novel was first recommended to me by my father when I was young, and I still enjoy giving it a read from time to time. The story follows two titular characters through their very different lives. William Lowell Kane is born into wealth and power, while Abel Rosnovski is born a peasant. The two share the same birthday, however, and end up being
each other’s greatest rivals. Their multigenerational rivalry is quite the rollercoaster, and it’s a great examination of how where you come from can shape your identity. Of course, Doug and I are also constantly looking for books that can help us in our personal and professional development. One we really enjoyed recently was “Never Split the Difference” by Chris Voss. The subtitle reads “Negotiating as if Your Life Depends on It,” and Voss isn’t exaggerating. As the former lead FBI international kidnapping negotiator, lives really were on the line when he set out to make an agreement. Drawing on his experience, this work is full of the author’s insights on how to get the upper hand in any discussion. Naturally, as lawyers, this was an ideal read for my husband and me, but as Voss points out, “Life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for.” Whether you want a boost of confidence when asking for a raise or want to get a good deal on your next car, “Never Split the Difference” can help.
Meanwhile, thanks to my mother, who recruited me to join the League of Women Voters book club, I’ve been exposed to books that have given me a window into some of the most important issues facing our world today. From tracing the political corruption tied to the oil and gas industry in Rachel Maddow’s “Blowout” to David Wallace-Wells’ alarming ecological predictions in “The Uninhabitable Earth,” I’ve had the chance to pick up many enlightening reads. The most powerful was Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me.” This award-winning work of nonfiction takes the form of a letter from Coates to his teenage son about the realities of being a person of color in the United States. As someone who didn’t grow up with that background, I found Coates’ account nothing short of eye-opening.
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