Takacs Tidbit: Two Bookworms

Tim Takacs and Barbara Boone McGinnis have more in common than a partnership in the Elder Law Practice (click here for details about Barbara’s promotion). They share a love of reading.

Tim’s preferences tend toward literary titles and science fiction, with Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon a favorite. Though he hasn’t done much reading for pleasure in recent months (he’s busy writing the 2016 supplement to one of his elder law publications), titles like Haruki Murakami: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, IQ84, and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage have found their way to Tim’s nightstand, along with 2014’s Pulitzer Prize winner, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. “This book is proof that modern literature can be accessible and, well, literary and a work of art all at once,” says Tim, who places Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, and Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle in the same category. “I just hope I live long enough to see all six volumes in English translation,” he laughs. After Tim sends his 2016 supplement off to his publisher, he plans to start on Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, the first of her Neapolitan Novels. You won’t find Tim reading books or watching TV shows about attorneys, though. “I have a hard time suspending disbelief because I can see through the façade,” says Tim. “I’ll read a scene and think ’no lawyer would actually do that!’”

Barbara’s tastes run more toward titles on the best seller list. Edward Fenton's Anne of the Thousand Days is a particular favorite. "I'm not a fan of romance novels as a genre but I love reading about this time in history," says Barbara. Other favorites include Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing, and A Time to Kill, John Grisham’s first novel and his best, in Barbara’s opinion. “I generally love every book as I read it, “ she adds. “If I’m not loving it, I stop reading it.”

Tim and Barbara aren’t the only bookworms in the Elder Law Practice office. Most staff members are voracious readers. One corner of the office kitchen serves as the firm’s lending library, with a bookshelf filled with titles ready for the next person to enjoy. Books that have made the rounds are often donated to the Hendersonville Library Book Sale. New titles find their way to the office lending library when staff members poking around at book sales spot a title or two they think others will like. More than a few lunchtime conversation topics in the office kitchen have been about favorite authors, storylines, and plot device. Joan Didion’s A Year of Magical Thinking has been the topic of conversation for more than a few lunch hours. 

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