From the Law Library: Summer 2024 Book Recommendations

June 10, 2024

By: Kerri-Ann Rowe

Summer season is here, and this list is here to provide books for you to read during Summer 2024 whether you’re relaxing on the beach, enjoying a staycation at home, or just want to relax with a good book. If you appreciate non-fiction books related to the law or want a more typical summer read, we’ve got you covered with this list of 4+3 summer novels.

JFK Jr.: An Intimate Oral Biography

By: RoseMarie Terenzio and Liz McNeil

Available on July 16, 2024, JFK Jr. uses the stories from those closest to JFK Jr. to navigate the man’s life, his childhood, and provide insight into the person he was and how those who knew him best viewed him.

Cue the Sun!: The Invention of Reality TV

By: Emily Nussbaum

Cue the Sun! explores the history and the drama of reality tv, delving into the shows that made the genre what it is today as well as the people and stories behind the genre’s most fascinating (and infamous) incidents.

The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War

By: Erik Larson

In The Demon of Unrest, Larson details Lincoln’s first election, drawing on diaries, slave ledgers, and other historical records to weave together a narrative exploring the climate of the country and the sentiments that went into the historic period.

The Rulebreaker: The Life and Times of Barbara Walters

By: Susan Page

Using interviews and archival research, Page has reconstructed the story of Barbara Walters, what she overcame to become the legend that she was, and the forces that drove her onward.

If Something Happens to Me: A Novel

By: Alex Finlay

In this thriller, law school student Ryan Richardson has put the disappearance of his girlfriend behind him and travels to Italy with his classmates where he encounters the person who may be responsible. What follows is a journey crossing country lines (and involving unexpected allies) trying to discover what actually happened five years ago.

Lovers and Liars: A Novel

By: Amanda Eyre Ward

Three sisters come together for a destination wedding at an English castle. One sister is deep in debt, another is a criminal defense lawyer unhappy with her life, and lastly there is the potential bride, a librarian and a widow, arriving with her own secrets. Lovers and Liars has them reconnect, share their stories, and face the secrets that have been keeping them apart all these years.

A Calamity of Souls

By: David Baldacci

Set in 1968, Jack Lee, a white lawyer from Freeman County, Virginia, and Desiree DuBose, a Black lawyer from Chicago must work together to represent a Black client charged with murdering an elderly white couple. Court room drama, historical novel, and legal thriller, A Calamity of Souls provides plenty of intrigue for a gripping summer book.