Voices of the Bar 3/2/17: What are you reading?

The BBA staff is comprised of avid readers, and we love to share that enthusiasm with our members! In honor of National Book Day, we asked some attorneys what they are reading right now, and what they think of the book.

“What are you reading?

Debra Squires-Lee – Sherin & Lodgen
“I am reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, a story about an elegant apartment in Paris peopled with a cantankerous concierge, a wildly intelligent and precocious twelve-year old girl, and a wealthy Japanese tenant.  In the first four chapters, I already underlined and highlighted the following gems, both from the concierge: “As always, I am saved by the inability of living creatures to believe anything that might cause the walls of their little mental assumptions to crumble.” And: “Let us just say that the idea of struggling to make my way in a world of privileged, affluent people exhausted me before I even tried.”  I am hooked on the language, the characters’ perspectives, and the story.  I cannot wait to continue reading this book.”

Emily Shanahan – Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers
“I just started a new book, The Muse, by Jessie Burton, so it is too early to tell what I think of it.  I am optimistic, however.  I read the author’s first book, The Miniaturist, which was a beautifully written and captivating story; it kept me engaged (and surprised) up until the end.  The books I recommend most frequently these days are a collection of three books by a Swedish author, Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here.  They are wonderfully told stories with quirky characters and unlikely heroes.  Backman’s books are testaments to the goodness and kindness of people without being sappy or trite.  Plus, they made me laugh.  Must reads!”

Michael Tuteur – Foley & Lardner
“I’m reading “Sun, Moon, Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets,” by Tyler Nordgren. As an astronomy buff, I am reading the book in (tremendous) anticipation of the Great American Eclipse, which (our astronomers tell us) will occur on August 21, 2017. (Who says we can’t Make American [Eclipses] Great Again?) I will be observing my very first total solar eclipse in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at precisely 11:35 Mountain Daylight Time. For those interested in seeing the eclipse, the path of “totality” (only about 60 miles wide) will cross the Oregon coast near Salem and sweep southeast, leaving the continental US just north of Charleston, SC. A word of warning: I’ve been told that once you’ve experienced a total solar eclipse, you will be doomed to chase them for the rest of your life!

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