Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite
And... Just Like That by Mark Shaiken is a uniquely written memoir in the form of 39 essays. After three years as a law student, two years as a bankruptcy law clerk, and thirty-six years as a practicing bankruptcy attorney at large law firms, Mark has finally dreamed his way into his law afterlife and outlined his story hilariously and poignantly. The book is organized into five parts, detailing Mark's life before the law, during law school, in the law, and the afterlife, in addition to six questions that Mark gets asked frequently about his career. For these compositions, Mark has chosen several specific, intriguing moments in his life and described his observations. When asked about the book's audience, Mark points it toward those considering a career pivot or those who have known an attorney, among many others.
Mark Shaiken weaves an incredibly captivating tale filled with humor and insights into life in the law. Having struggled with picking a career myself, I sympathize with Mark's long list of failed career choices before becoming an attorney. Through reading each essay, I grew to understand who Mark is as a person and even felt like I knew his family personally. I found 'The Interview' hilarious because of Mark's interpretations of the letters he had received from the firms. Throughout And... Just Like That, Mark emphasized that he was a dreamer at heart, and I couldn't help but root for him as he pursued his dream outside the law. For those looking for a funny and insightful read, this book is for you!