Rudman Reads: What to Read This Summer

Friday, July 23, 2021

John Greabe

If you’re a member of the UHN Franklin Pierce School of Law community, you know the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service. It is where law students pursuing public service and public-interest lawyering go to learn in the field, where practitioners go to learn about the policies and events shaping society today, and where thought leaders come together to address the problems facing our democracy.

And if you know the Warren B. Rudman Center, well then, you know its fearless leader, John Greabe, Rudman Center Director, and his able assistant, Lisa Gilson Clancy, Rudman Center Coordinator.

Since it’s summer (and in hopes of gaining some of their wisdom), we wondered what these two civically minded folks were reading.  So, we asked them to share everything on their reading lists, both the serious and more lighthearted.  And here’s what they had to share:

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

A history of the modern American metropolis arguing that laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments promoted discriminatory patterns in housing that continue to this day.

“George Smiley” novels by John le Carre

The author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy takes on a series of spy thrillers filled with intrigue in a series of beloved novels.

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A Matter of Death and Life by Irvin Yalom and Marilyn Yalom

Irvin is an internationally acclaimed psychiatrist and author (with specialties in grief and anxiety) and Marilyn is an esteemed feminist scholar and author. When Marilyn was diagnosed with terminal cancer, they decided to write a book together with each of them writing alternating chapters. A lesson in love, the book is about what it means to live without your beloved partner of 65 years, and how to die a good death.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

Pulitzer-prize winning biography of Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer-prize winning author, Wilkerson, explores how an unspoken caste system in America influences our lives as defined by human divisions.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Historical fiction based on the true story of a WWII spy named Louise de Bettignies.

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe

A novel about the first black graduate of Vassar, in 1897, although the school did not accept black women until the 1940s.

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All the Devils Are Here: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

A light, easy summertime mystery novel that takes place in Paris.


What do you think of these picks?  Do any of them pique your interest?

Most important … we’d love to know what YOU’RE reading this summer! Drop us a line with your top picks at

In the meantime, remember to check out upcoming events at the Rudman Center—new events are added every week!

Happy summer reading, everyone!