Law School faculty suggest their summer reading list

Stanford Law School faculty’s summer reading list. (Courtesy Stanford Law School)

Looking for a good book or two to dig into this summer? Now in its 10th year, the Stanford Law School faculty’s summer reading list offers up some of our professors’ favorite reads.

PAUL BREST, former dean and professor emeritus, The Premonition by Michael Lewis. “The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis is a gripping and frightening story about the lack of capacity of government organizations to respond to the pandemic. A page-turner.”

HANK GREELY, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law, The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley. “My strongest recommendation goes to something I think is only ‘good’ as a novel, but importantly thought-provoking as a vision of the future: Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future (2020). This book provides a plausible scenario for how the world and climate change from about 2023 (soon!) until the 2050s.”

MARK LEMLEY, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. “The first book in a remarkable new science fiction series set in an empire built on poetry. At once a mystery, a fast-paced thriller and an exploration of what it means to be an outsider.”

LISA LARRIMORE OUELLETTE, professor of law and Justin M. Roach, Jr. Faculty Scholar, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone. “I’ve been reading roughly a book a week across a wide variety of genres since the start of the pandemic — mostly on audiobook — so I could give many recommendations. But I’ll focus on three of the books that have stuck with me the most, which I read as part of my work on the new committee on Teaching and Classroom Climate.”

Read the entire list on the Stanford Law School website.