Vacation Reading (Or, a Book-Plugging Post)
One of the great joys of summer is the chance to catch up on reading. To that end, I thought I’d open up this post for comments on new and noteworthy novels that folks have been enjoying, from the serious to the beach-puff. I’ll start off with two different books that I recommend. The first is Getting Grammar: 150 New Ways to Teach an Old Subject, a book that is technically (a) not a novel; and (b) not law-related. But it is co-written by my brilliant and accomplished mom, Dr. Sandra Josephs Hoffman (Millersville University, along with colleague Donna Topping), and apparently contains some writing of mine from first grade, which may (or may not) have dealt with legal issues.
Second, I can recommend The Interpretation of Murder, by Yale law professor Jed Rubenfeld. I received a galley copy of the book from its publisher a week or so back, and finished it over the weekend. I’m a sucker for historical detective novels (Name of the Rose; Instance of the Fingerpost), and Rubenfeld’s book is a great example of the genre. The basic story concerns the murder of young women in turn-of-the-century New York, investigated by a group of psychotherapists, including Sigmund Freud. The book is chock full of tidbits about life in the City, including some well-researched observations about the development of the professional police force, psychology, and life as a member of the social elite. I wonder which lucky Yale law student RA got to research this instead of, say, another article about the First Amendment? It is an easy read (albiet a little more salacious that I would have expected) and I recommend it.