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Supreme Ambitions in hardcover

Supreme Ambitions in hardcover

My editor just sent me a hardcover copy of Supreme Ambitions, fresh from the printer. The book is on track for release in the first half of December. Several online outlets estimate release on or about December 7, 2014.

A few days ago, I experienced a bit of a scare: Amazon (mistakenly) changed the estimated release date for Supreme Ambitions to March 2015. And not only that, but people who pre-ordered the book on Amazon received email messages containing this supposedly updated but actually erroneous release date.

Fortunately, the error has been fixed, and the Amazon page now contains the correct estimated release date of December 7. If you pre-ordered Supreme Ambitions from Amazon, perhaps hoping to give the book to someone as a holiday gift, please don’t fret: you should receive the book in the first half of December.

Thank you to Amazon for fixing this mistake, and thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered Supreme Ambitions. If you’d like to learn more about the book, please email me.

Supreme Ambitions [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions [Politics & Prose]
Supreme Ambitions [Powell's (affiliate link)]

bookstore bookshopAs a huge fan and supporter of independent bookstores, I’m pleased and proud to report that two of the country’s best indies will be carrying Supreme Ambitions — and are already accepting pre-orders for the book, which should hit stores early next month.

Supreme Ambitions tells the story of a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I clerked for the Ninth Circuit myself, spending a wonderful year working for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, I spent many a rainy afternoon at Powell’s, an amazingly vast bookstore that sells new, used, and rare books. If you visit Portland, which has much to recommend it, you must make a pilgrimage to Powell’s.

From 2006 to 2008, I lived in Washington, D.C., and today it’s still my second home thanks to frequent visits to my fiancé. One of my favorite Washington spots is Politics & Prose, a bookstore with a remarkable history, deep roots in the D.C. community, and a longstanding commitment to interesting fiction and to books of ideas — in other words, works like Supreme Ambitions (or so I like to think).

You can pre-order Supreme Ambitions from Powell’s or Politics & Prose via the links below. If you’re an independent bookseller interested in learning more about and possibly carrying Supreme Ambitions, please feel free to drop me a line, and I can ask my editor to send a galley your way.

Supreme Ambitions [Politics & Prose]
Supreme Ambitions [Powell's (affiliate link)]

Business brain stormingSince my last round-up of reviews, a few more outlets have written about Supreme Ambitions — favorably, as it turns out.

In a review for HuffPost Books, former Supreme Court clerk Aaron Zelinsky read Supreme Ambitions against the backdrop of one of the fall’s most buzz-generating books, William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. This was a brilliant move given the books’ shared themes, such as the nature of ambition and the young overachiever’s search for self. As for his views on Supreme Ambitions, Zelinsky declared it “a fun read…. Lat has created a character that the reader feels attached to…. [F]or those eager to see what happens when the organization kids grow up, when the excellent sheep must leave the farm, Supreme Ambitions is for you.”

Over at Simple Justice, prominent legal blogger and noted criminal-defense attorney Scott H. Greenfield ingeniously used Supreme Ambitions as a vehicle for revisiting the early days of law blogging, back when the legal blogosphere was smaller, less commercial, and (arguably) more fun than it is today. His bottom line on Supreme Ambitions: “I absolutely loved this book. It was funny, fascinating and taught me about a world that [outsiders] would never know, or have reason to know…. If you take any pleasure in the secret sauce that makes the judicial hotties hot, then you will adore Supreme Ambitions.”

Finally, in the Indiana Law Blog, Marcia Oddi declared that Supreme Ambitions “will appeal to readers of Lat’s blog, Above the Law, as well as readers of other law blogs such as How Appealing and SCOTUSblog — those interested in the inner workings of the federal courts…. I would recommend it particularly to those interested in pursuing federal clerkships.”

As I’ve mentioned before, if you’re a book reviewer or journalist and would like an advance reader copy, please just email me to request one. Thanks!

When Excellent Sheep Grow Up [Huffington Post Books]
Book Review: David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions [Simple Justice]
Courts – Supreme Ambitions: A Novel by David Lat [Indiana Law Blog]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]

blurbIn a few weeks, hopefully around early December, Supreme Ambitions should arrive in bookstores (and get shipped to folks who pre-ordered it). Some time ago, we finalized the back cover, featuring these five wonderful blurbs (some from early reviews and some from recipients of advance reader copies):

“So realistic, it makes your teeth hurt. So much fun, you can’t put it down. A sprightly, gripping novel with a serious message about the rewards and dangers of unbridled ambition.”

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

“This fine novel by a leading Internet commentator and analyst of the courts provides disquieting insight into the secretive world of federal judges and their brilliant anxious young law clerks.”

Judge Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

“Lat’s novel is a cross between a serious look into the heart of darkness and an insouciant study of Manolo Blahnik footwear…. This is legal realism at its finest but told in the highly unusual and difficult form of a well-crafted novel.”

Judge Richard G. Kopf, Hercules and the Umpire (book review)

“An interesting and revealing look at the lives of law clerks — bright young lawyers who give up sleep, sex, and happiness so that someone else can take credit for their work.”

Ed Hayes, author of Mouthpiece: A Life in — and Sometimes Just Outside — the Law

“Supreme Ambitions is a legitimate page-turner. Lat knows the story he wants to tell, and he tells it well. He makes no secret of the themes he wants to convey, and he conveys them effectively. Overall, it’s a smashing success.”

Steve Klepper, Maryland Appellate Blog

I thank Chief Judge Kozinski, Judge Posner, Judge Kopf, Ed Hayes, and Steve Klepper for their most generous praise. Positive reactions from readers, especially readers who are leading figures within the legal profession, make the many solitary hours I spent in front of my MacBook all worth it.

Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]

thumbs upEarly reviews for Supreme Ambitions have come in — and so far, so good.

The first review, a capsule review from a librarian and prolific book blogger, described Supreme Ambitions as “[e]xtremely well written and absorbing.” This review was brief, but I was glad to see that a non-lawyer enjoyed the book.

The second review, by Judge Richard G. Kopf (D. Neb.), examined Supreme Ambitions in much greater detail. Reviewing the book for his widely read blog, Hercules and the Umpire, Judge Kopf wrote, “Lat’s novel is a cross between a serious look into the heart of darkness and an insouciant study of Manolo Blahnik footwear…. This is legal realism at its finest but told in the highly unusual and difficult form of a well-crafted novel.”

Finally, writing for the Maryland Appellate Blog, Steve Klepper declared Supreme Ambitions to be “a legitimate page-turner. Lat knows the story he wants to tell, and he tells it well. He makes no secret of the themes he wants to convey, and he conveys them effectively. Overall, it’s a smashing success.”

I thank these reviewers for taking the time to read and write about Supreme Ambitions. I am especially grateful to Judge Kopf and Steve Klepper, prominent commentators within the world of law, for their thoughtful engagement with and kind words about the book. You can read their full reviews — which contain some constructive criticism as well — via the links below.

If you are a member of the media — and yes, of course that includes bloggers — and would be interested in a review copy, please feel free to email me to request one. Thanks!

David Lat’s first novel, “Supreme Ambitions,” deftly dissects judicial power [Hercules and the Umpire]
Book Review: David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions [Maryland Appellate Blog]
Supreme Ambitions by David Lat [Cayocosta72: Book Reviews for Avid Readers]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Amazon (affiliate link)]
Supreme Ambitions: A Novel [Barnes & Noble (affiliate link)]

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