Book Club

27 Men Out: Baseball’s Perfect Games

Michael Coffey

“Baseball is unique among team sports in that it includes a statistical basis with which the concept of perfection can be defined: 27 batters up, 27 batters out, a "perfect" game. In major-league baseball history, there have only been 14 perfect games. Coffey, the managing editor of Publishers Weekly, reveals his inner baseball-nerd self in this layered, revealing analysis of each perfect game.

A Time to Kill

John Grisham

A Time to Kill is John Grisham’s first novel. Grisham’s website explains that he began writing this book, after he “overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants.” In his novel, a ten-year-old black girl is savagely raped and beaten by two white men.

Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow

Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sheryl Sandberg

“Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives.

The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

Andrew J. Bacevich

In this 2009 book (which is as timely as this week’s Obama-Putin statements), Bacevich examines the economic, political, and military crises facing America and calls for a revival of the badly neglected American realist tradition. He exposes the multiple illusions that have distorted U.S.

This Town

Mark Leibovich

The author is the chief national correspondent for the New York Times magazine. His book provides a great vehicle for discussing the dysfunction in our federal government. It is an inside look at Washington and what it has become. It is well written and outrageously funny.

Tomorrow’s Lawyers

Richard Susskind

In his newest provocative and forward-looking volume on the legal profession, Richard Susskind-the best-selling author of The End of Lawyers? and The Future of Law-predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law.


Josh Blackman

“The pitched legal battle to end the national health-care program known as Obamacare ended in a surprising decision supported by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, a decision that promises continued strife on the issue of health care as well as constitutional issues.

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