As an associate attorney at Boyce Law Firm, L.L.P., Kelsey Knoer represents clients as a general litigation attorney, advising on a broad range of civil matters, particularly in employment and business disputes. Kelsey is also active in various local organizations including the Young Professionals Network, Second Circuit Women in Law, and as a board member with Family Connection—a nonprofit that serves and supports individuals and families with loved ones in prison. When she’s outside of the office, Kelsey enjoys traveling, yoga, and snuggling up on the couch with her dog and a good book.
What are you reading right now?
Hippie by Paulo Coelho.
Who is your favorite author?
Next to “favorite book”, this has to be the hardest question of all time. For now, I’ll say Maria Popova. She only just published her first book, but I’ve been following her website—Brainpickings—for a while now and have learned so much from her.
What book are you too nervous to begin?
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy…again. I read it when I was really young and understood practically none of it. I want to try again but am afraid of still not understanding or liking what’s sometimes described as “the greatest work of literature ever.” That’s a lot of pressure.
Favorite TV or film adaption of a book?
Michael Petroni’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief.”
Car reading: yea or nay?
Absolutely. Never have I ever gone on a road trip without a book.
Which do you prefer: audiobook, ebook or physical book?
Physical book for sure, though I have ebooks as well. And preferably paperback.
What is your favorite reading spot?
In a hammock somewhere. Or in a bubble bath.
What is your preference when it comes to books: new or used?
Used. Especially if the previous reader wrote in the margins. Then not only do you get to read the story and engage with it yourself, you can see how another engaged with it as well. The passages that were important to them and the ideas that those passages sparked tell a whole other story of their own.
"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
Once upon a time. The former just doesn’t leave enough room for a happy ending. With “once upon a time,” you never know what you’re gonna get.
If you could have coffee with any author - dead or alive - who would it be? Why?
J.K. Rowling. She shaped the reading experience of so many and then literally reinvented herself as an author when Harry Potter ended. Then there’s her philanthropic work and her snarky tweets.