Hello Manning Wolfe, welcome to the Inheritance Books sofa. While I go get us some tea and chocolate biscuits, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself.
I am an author and attorney living in Austin, Texas with my mate Bill. My grown son, Aaron, lives nearby. I love the South. There is a feel for this part of the world that is unique and fosters stories that could not happen anywhere else.
Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
I think any legal thriller writer has to to give some credit to Scott Turow for Presumed Innocent. It was the first of its kind. I also go back to Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird, although literary, is a courtroom drama. Some of John Grisham’s early works such as The Broker and The Summons are particular favs because of the strategy involved. Turrow, Grisham, and Michael Connelly have a way of making legal issues, which are complex and potentially confusing, understandable and relatable for the lay person.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?
I could not choose one book. (It is rather the point of Inheritance Books posts – choosing one book…but carry on. *grin*)
The whole point of reading is for each person to enjoy a book through their personal history. Life experience of the reader is as important as the book itself. It’s magical in a way that one book is like snowflakes – different for each person and even each time it’s read by the same person.
That said, I will tell you a story about a book and a librarian. When I was in junior high I had read all of the books in our small town library. A wonderful librarian introduced me to Thomas Hardy. Tess of the D’Urbervilles is still one of my favourite books and I re-read it every other year or so. It’s a gripping story of a young woman who finds herself in the worst situation for her time. She is such a real and timeless character. I also read Hemingway and Fitzgerald about that same time.
Another story: I had a client about five years into my legal career. He was struggling to pay his legal bill and was a big reader. He had an autographed copy of In Cold Blood that he gave to me, knowing it’s one of my favorites. I protect it, but I still allow myself to read it every year or two. I love holding it. He also gave me an early battered and dog-eared Zane Grey that I cherish.
An autographed copy of In Cold Blood is a very cool thing to own!
Thank you for sharing your favourite books with us, Manning. Good luck with your latest book. I love the title Dollar Signs!
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