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Reader interview: Attorney is dividing his time among three books

Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Tom Hardin, an attorney with Shine & Hardin.

“Actually, I am reading three books currently. My mother always gives me the latest John Grisham book, and this one is 'The Racketeer.' I'm a lawyer — not like the protagonist in this book: He's in jail! But I'm enjoying how he is able to track and find all this information — for example, the assassinations of federal judges. I love John Grisham's writing, which now includes some nonfiction. He makes you give some thought to things you might not always think about. Grisham served in the Statehouse in Mississippi, so he knows politics, and I'm in politics. I ran for precinct committeeman and won, so we have more things in common.

“The second book, which I've just started, is Mitch Daniels' 'Keeping the Republic.' I've always admired him as a person and as a governor and wanted to read this about his decisions before he's out of sight.

“The third book is 'The Little House on Genessee.' The author is my wife's uncle John Stark, who passed away recently. This is nonfiction. It's a compilation of stories involving people he helped over the years — people with addiction problems — and the AA. He devotes about 10 pages to each individual, explaining what the situation was. Most were focused on alcoholism. He became a sponsor; it was like a calling. The book was nationally published in 2012.

“Of all the books I've read, I think I'd pick 'The World According to Garp' as a favorite. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the different situations. I loved it!

“Another memorable book is 'The Glass Castle,' by Jeannette Walls. It's about a humble family — and the daughter's life experiences. The essence is totally nonfiction, written by a woman telling her life story. It's amazing she could achieve what she did.

“And 'The Federalist Papers' belong on that list. They were written by some of my favorite people — Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, to name a few, and how they argued for their positions — arguments to help make their goals prevail. They were written by all the biggies. They set the stage for our government! My college major was political science; that's when I first read the papers.”