A while back I reviewed Barman, Alex Wellen's memoir on his last year or law school and his experience preparing for and taking the bar, and working for a law firm in New York. It was one of the books I picked up when I was doing intense research on law school (BTW, the applications are still coming in; the latest from Catholic Universit Law School, one of the schools I'm less likely to consider when I do apply).
Since then, I've had the pleasure of striking up an email correspondence and friendship with Alex. And though I'm a few days late in doing so, I wanted to acknowledge the publication of Barman in paperback. When it comes to books about the experience of going to law school—though the closest I've come to that experience thus far was a walk through a law library—I rank Alex's story among the best I've read thus far, because he's not so much giving advice as he is telling his story, and telling it an accesible, humourous voice that's also entertaining to read.
If you missed it in hardback, and you're interested in reading about one guy's experience with law school, the bar, and practicing law, you should pick up the paperback. (I have the hardback, which I'll take with me when to get autographed when Alex's promotional tour brings him to DC.) Alex gives his own reasons why you might want to pick up the paperback even if you have the hardback.
(1) The packaging: The cover is glossy, vibrant, and fun, and the book is compact,
(2) The paperback contains images of the innovative table tennis paddle that started it all, and
(3) If you buy the BARMAN paperback on amazon.com between August 24th and the 31st, I'll send you a free Candy Barman. (Legal Disclaimer: While supplies last and reasonably doctored-up proof of purchase required.)
The paperback became available on the 24th, but with work, family and jury duty commanding my already challenged attention span, the date slipped by me. So, I wanted to take the opportunity now to put in a word for a Alex and his great book.