The Litigators by John Grisham
The partners at Finley & Figg--all two of them--often refer to themselves as "a boutique law firm." Boutique, as in chic, selective, and prosperous. They are, of course, none of these things. What they are is a two-bit operation always in search of big breaks, ambulance chasers who've been in the trenches much too long making way too little. And then change comes their way. More accurately, it stumbles in. David Zinc, a young but already burned-out attorney, walks away from his fast-track career at a fancy downtown firm, goes on a serious bender, and finds himself literally at the doorstep of our boutique firm. Once David sobers up and comes to grips with the fact that he's suddenly unemployed, any job--even one with Finley & Figg--looks okay to him. With their new associate on board, F&F is ready to tackle a really big case, a case that could make their partners rich without requiring them to actually practice much law.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
In this book, Hillenbrand captures the remarkable life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and World War II veteran. Zamperini left the Berlin Olympics in 1936 determined to return in the 1940 Olympics for a gold. Instead, Zamperini joined the Army Air Corps and miraculously survived 47 days adrift in the Pacific after his plane was shot down, only to then be captured by the Japanese and subjected to cruel imprisonment in a POW camp before being released in 1945.
Flourish: A Visionary New Understand of Happiness and Well-Being by Martin E. P. Seligman
Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which internationally esteemed psychologist Dr. Martin Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different--it's about actually raising the bar for the human condition. This book builds on Dr. Seligman's game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life--for individuals, for communities, and for nations.