Today, we have an afternoon rescue for an urgent letter:
Dear book doctor,
I’m in the jury duty waiting room and I’m reading the most delectable book, The Fractalist by Mandelbrot. It’s so fun to sit in near silence and feel as though it is my job to read. But I’ll finish it today and if I come back I need another title stat!
I like your style, as I dream of jury duty for just this reason. There is nothing like a guilt-free day of reading in the middle of the week. However, given that it’s only Tuesday, you might need more than one book. You could potentially be reading all week.
These should keep you good and occupied should you need three more days worth:
- The Poisoners Handbook, Deborah Blum. full disclosure: I haven’t read this one yet, but a friend just recommended it with such intensity over lunch that I feel confident. Given that this is about the birth of forensic medicine in the Jazz Age, you may be able to learn enough to be disqualified as a juror for too much expertise? Worth a shot…
- Gangsterland, Tod Goldberg. A hit man has to go underground after a job spirals out of control. Where does he go? To Vegas. To pose as a rabbi. Even though he’s not Jewish. A page turner and perfect to fantasize about as a backstory for the case you may be in the jury seat for…
- On Mexican Time, Tony Cohan. This is the escapist wildcard to dive into when you get a little claustrophobic and really want out. This memoir outlines a couple’s decision to up and move from L.A. to San Miguel Allende in the 80s. Both artists, the descriptions are lush and immediate. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation instead of trapped in a government building.
I have given you links to Kindle books and have kept to eBook options, since I know you don’t have time to get to a bookstore or the library tonight. Good luck with jury duty- if you end up on the sot of case they put you in a hotel in isolation for, write back! I’ll make you a much longer list…
the book dr.