Add these 7 books to your 2015 summer reading list

Let’s face it: Lawyers are busy. However, now that summer is in full swing, hopefully you can take some time for yourself—and your practice—to sit back and relax with a variety of reading material.

Josh King and I combined forces to offer a shortlist of our favorite titles. Some aim to inspire alternative ways of looking at your practice while others simply provide a much-needed escape.

Blood of Tyrants, by Logan Beirne

Beirne, a lawyer, takes a detailed look at George Washington’s life and service, drawing connections to the tension between security and freedom that we continue to grapple with today.

The Practice, by Brian Tannebaum

Written in Tannebaum’s slightly snarky—but always honest—signature style, The Practice speaks directly to all kinds of practice management and business development issues.

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

Gawande’s take on the failure of the medical profession to address the realities of old age and death surely offers parallels for a legal profession that too often takes a blindered approach to resolving problems.

Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino

Every lawyer needs a mental break, and few things provide better respite than Calvino’s classic collection of urban visions. Each city represents a thought experiment, or, as Marco Polo tells Kublai Khan in one scene, “You take delight not in a city’s 70 wonders but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”

Tomorrow’s Lawyers, by Richard Susskind

Although his predictions have not always come to fruition, no one has been as bold or as prescient as Susskind in predicting the evolution of the legal industry, particularly as it related to the use and adaptation of technology.” Accused, perhaps somewhat fairly, of writing the same book over and over again, Susskind has responded by saying that, although the claim may be true, people keep buying his books, and he’ll keep writing the same book until his message sinks in. Tomorrow’s Lawyers is probably the shortest and most easily consumed of all of his books. It’s a great read for young lawyers and for those considering law school.

The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta

For those who can’t get enough of post-apocalyptic landscapes like those featured in The Walking Dead, World War Z, and I Am Legend, Perrotta’s The Leftovers offers a somewhat quirky, human perspective on how we deal with loss. Set a few years after a rapture-like event causes millions of people to simply vanish off the face of the earth, The Leftovers explores life in a small town in New York, specifically focusing on one family’s navigation of a dramatically changed human landscape.

A Whole New Mind, by Daniel H. Pink

A well-known business author, Pink has sold over 2 million books and is now host of his own television program on the National Geographic Channel. A Whole New Mind, one of his earlier books, argues that the era of the information worker, which was dominated by analytical thinking, is giving way to an era in which analytical thinking will be necessary but insufficient.

Have you read a good book lately that we missed? Please share in the comments below!