A Dean's Summer Reading

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow discusses what's on her reading list, as well as the line between professional and pleasure reading, and her family's literary history.

In a Q-and-A with the Boston Globe this week, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow discusses her summer reading list: it includes novels by Allegra Goodman ’89 and Gish Jen ’77, RF ’02; a biography of Louis Brandeis; short stories by Alice Munro; and a book about the refusal to forgive.

Minow also tells the Globe that everyone in her family, including her daughter, who just graduated from high school, has written a book. And she says she finds works of fiction just as important for her work as a law professor as books about legal issues: "I don't draw a sharp line between professional and personal reading. The novels are often as relevant to my professional life as the nonfiction. I find everything relevant to everything."

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