Book on the beach

Maine Law Faculty Beach Reads

In celebration of summer, we asked our faculty for their beach read recommendations.

Associate Professor Scott Bloomberg

Associate Professor Scott Bloomberg

Dedicated by Pete Davis

“Dedicated explores the importance of committing to a single endeavor in an age when you can take a million different paths. The book is written by a recent law school graduate.”

Associate Professor Gregory BordelonAssociate Professor Greg Bordelon

Supreme Ambitions by David Lat

Christine DulacLibrary Director Christine Dulac

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Professor Peter GuffinProfessor Peter Guffin

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

“It’s science fiction and explores what it means to be human.”

Professor Jeff MaineAssociate Dean Jeff Maine

 The Whiteness of Wealth by Dorothy A. Brown

“This recently published book looks at how the tax system impoverishes black Americans and how we can fix it.”

Professor Anthony MoffaAssociate Professor Anthony Moffa

Mill Town by Kerri Arsenault

“Part memoir, part investigative journalism, this book tells the story of the rise and fall of the Maine paper industry through a personal lens, and demonstrates its human and environmental toll.”

Professor Charles NorchiProfessor Charles Norchi

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
“A novel by Pip Williams about objectionable words the compilers of the first Oxford Dictionary omitted, written from the point of view of one of their daughters. The novel is enjoyable and elegantly written with some intellectual heft.”

A Red Line in the Sand by David A. Andelman
“This book is a history of wars that might still happen.”

The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan
“This book draws on important strategic thinkers in a sweeping appraisal of geography, maps, and the fate of nations.”

Clinical Professor Chris NorthropProfessor Chris Northrop

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
“A great coming of age story by my favorite author, perfect for the beach. Funny, touching, and DEI worthy.”

The Sellout by Paul Beatty
“Perhaps not for everyone. It opens with our protagonist sparking up during SCOTUS oral arguments, and goes on from there. Tears running down my cheeks funny in some spots – bitter and brilliant satire”

The Damage by Maine Law alumna Caitlin Wahrer
“New York Times recommended and Stephen King approved, The Damage is a must read first novel from Caitlin Wahrer ’14.”

Professor Peter PitegoffProfessor Peter Pitegoff

The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols

“An old favorite, initially published in 1974, that I recently re-read. An inspiring and hilarious saga of community organizing and race in the southwest.”

Prof. Jeff ThalerProfessor Jeff Thaler

The Sympathizer and The Committed both by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“I highly recommend the two novels by Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer and his current book (a sequel), The Committed. He has a brilliant way with words and imagery. Enjoy!”

Legal Writing Professor Sara WolffLegal Writing Professor Sara Wolff

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by former investigative reporter Robert Caro.

Professor Jennifer WrigginsProfessor Jennifer Wriggins

Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero by William Makepeace Thackery (published in 1848)

“I’m a fan of nineteenth century English novels generally even with their dated and offensive aspects. This book is hilarious, cynical, satirical, and somehow lighthearted all at once. The characters, especially the inimitable Becky Sharp, are endlessly entertaining.”