Maine Law faculty summer reading recommendations


Members of Maine Law’s faculty share their recommendations for summer reading so you can discover your next beach book or thought-provoking read among their recommendations.

Peter Pitegoff

The Serpent Papers by Jeff Schnader
“This compelling new work of fiction takes the reader back to the chaos and complications of the Columbia University campus during the Vietnam war era. A quick summer read with adventure and nuance.”

Deirdre Smith

 These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

“Reading These Precious Days, Ann Patchett’s latest collection of essays, feels like a balm for the soul, especially in these times. Her writing is witty, warm, and wise as she covers matters of family, love, friendship, loss, and the creative life.”

Anthony Moffa

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

“Well-written, thoughtful, inspiring, and a little punk rock. The title of this book says it all; the closest most of us will ever get to an authentic conversation with the legendary Foos frontman and Nirvana drummer.”

Christopher Northrop

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

Plain Bad Heroines, a queer historical meta-novel by Emily Danforth with at least a dozen layers of formal flourish, is joyfully and delightfully middlebrow; I say this with reverence in my tone and adoration in my heart. It’s 600 pages you can read in a weekend, a supersized Slurpee that will satiate you and leave behind a sugar high.

Charles Norchi

 Vortex by Scott Carney and Jason Miklian

“It is the story of the most powerful storm in history, 1970, which coincided with war, genocide and brought the superpowers to the brink of a nuclear confrontation.”