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Boley Blog: L&C Law School Faculty & Staff Book Recommendations for Winter Break Reading

by Mari Cheney on 2020-11-25T10:16:00-08:00 | Comments

We asked the faculty and staff at L&C Law to recommend a favorite book or two for your winter break reading enjoyment. Or maybe you'd like to get a head start on your reading for fun during Thanksgiving before studying for exams. Whatever your choice, we hope you find this list helpful in contributing to a most literate and relaxing winter break. We wish you success on your exams and we'll see you - whether in person or by Zoom - in January.




Cover ArtThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Recommended by Susan Felstiner, Clinical Professor of Law, SBLC
Light reading, made me chuckle; I also chuckled during the sequel: The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man
Cover ArtAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Recommended by Juliet Stumpf, Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics
Set in occupied France, it follows a blind French girl and a German boy soldier to their eventual meeting. It has everything: it's beautifully written, set in a dangerous time in fraught circumstances, the characters are deeply
drawn and mix love, loyalty and anguish, and the story holds a puzzle like a jewel at its center.
Cover ArtThe Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
Recommended by Tung Yin, Professor of Law
Remember that important distinction between de jure versus de facto segregation, which matters in terms of available government remedies for racial disparities? This book painstakingly documents how what we think of as de facto discrimination is frequently the long-term result of discriminatory government decisions in the past, meaning it's all de jure.
Cover ArtBeneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
Recommended by Marilyn Cover, Adjunct Professor 
A fast action-packed WWll novel set in Italy based on a true story.
Cover ArtThe Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Michele Richardson
Recommended by Marilyn Cover, Adjunct Professor 
A well researched historical fiction based on two true situations in Kentucky. Both of my book groups loved it!
Cover ArtBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah
Recommended by Carra Sahler, Staff Attorney, Green Energy Institute
Thought-provoking and, in parts, laugh out loud funny; provided a great opening for engaging conversations with my kids at the dinner table.
Cover ArtBraiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Recommended by Lydia Loren, Henry J. Casey Professor of Law
A wonderfully contemplative book about what we can, and frankly should, learn from the natural world and indigenous cultures about caring for and showing gratitude for all the creatures on this planet.
Cover ArtDeep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World and Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
Recommended by Robert Doeckel, Visiting Assistant Professor of Lawyering 
These books together make a compelling case for restructuring your approach to your work and personal spheres to stand out in a crowded talent pool, reorient your relationship with modern technology, and engage in intellectually rewarding pursuits and other interests with a deep sense of purpose. 
Cover ArtThe Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Recommended by Carra Sahler, Staff Attorney, Green Energy Institute
Absorbing and light--just what I needed to get me through working from home with the chaos of also schooling from home. Bonus: the audiobook is read by Tom Hanks, which felt so reassuring.
Cover ArtGhost Wall by Sarah Moss
Recommended by Raj Reddy, Director, Global Animal Law and Advanced Degree Programs, and â€‹Visiting Professor, Center for Animal Law Studies
The prose is hauntingly elegant, with the novel offering uncanny insight into the protagonist's quiet struggle against patriarchal forces.
Cover ArtThe Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Recommended by Melissa Powers, Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar & Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Green Energy Institute
Cover ArtThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Recommended by Judy Asbury, Assistant Dean, Communications and External Relations

For those who can face reality, I found The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas to be as well-written as it is poignant. The movie is great, but the book is even better.
Cover ArtGrave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Recommended by Tess Jacobsen, Alumni Relations Manager
Great historical fiction with some badass female assassins and a storyline that ropes you in from the first chapter.
Cover ArtHawaii by James A. Michener
Recommended by Natasha Richmond, Associate Director of Admissions
It is slow going at first, but stick with it because boy, are you in for a treat! The characters get under your skin and they will haunt you forever. Come chat with me if you are reading or read the book!
Cover ArtHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Recommended by Rachel O'Flaherty, Paralegal, Animal Law Litigation Clinic
Powerful and absorbing intertwined stories that narrate a larger story spanning generations and continents. 
Cover ArtThe Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Recommended by Delci Winders, Assistant Clinical Professor & Clinic Director, Animal Law Litigation Clinic
This winter break, I will be reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, which I should have read years ago. With the federal government continuing to plow ahead with deregulating slaughter, there's never been a better time to read (or re-read) this important text. 
Cover ArtKillers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Recommended by Rachel O'Flaherty, Paralegal, Animal Law Litigation Clinic
Reads like fiction. A(nother) part of U.S. history I hadn't heard of before. 
Cover ArtThe Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa; Stephen Snyder (Translator)
Recommended by Tung Yin, Professor of Law
A little like a dream-like version of "1984" (not as in ideal, but surreal rather than realistic), it takes place on a Japanese island where things "disappear" from memory, causing the residents to have to destroy them; they subsequently can't remember them. Except a few people are able to remember things. The Memory Police hunt down items that should have been destroyed, and take away people who seem to be able to remember.
Cover ArtNow by Richard A. Muller
Recommended by Bill Chin, Professor of Lawyering
A mind-expanding trip into the nature of time that merges cosmology, relativity, quantum physics, and more to create a thought-provoking discussion of a timely topic. Try it if you have time.
Cover ArtThe Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson
Recommended by Ronna Craig, Faculty Legal Assistant
I fully intend to complete this year, but I've been in the first couple of chapters for a while.  I'll put it down and need to re-read parts to get into the feel of it again.
Cover ArtThe Secret by Byron Preiss
Recommended by Yvon Kozma, Circulation and Resource Sharing Specialist, Boley Law Library
The Secret is a treasure hunt started by Byron Preiss in 1982. Twelve treasure boxes were buried at secret locations in the United States and Canada. As of October 2019 only three of the twelve boxes have been found.
Cover ArtThe Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Recommended by Kerry Rowand, Executive Assistant to Dean Jennifer Johnson
My mom recommended this book to me and while our tastes don't always align, in the daughterly spirit of 'OK, fine, whatever, I'll do it' I read it. Happily I found myself thinking about my mom while reading and for a few hundred pages, the 3,000 miles that separate us didn't feel quite so far. 
Cover ArtTalking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
Recommended by Susan Mandiberg, Distinguished Professor of Law
Interesting, non-intuitive insights into why we make mistakes about what other people are thinking and intending--possibly a "must read" for litigators and probably other lawyers as well.
Cover ArtThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Recommended by Judy Asbury, Assistant Dean, Communications and External Relations
During this year of craziness, I find great solace in retreating to a fantasy world. Thankfully, there are a number of great series that take you away. One of my favorites is Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass series. Just a good story to keep you engaged.
Cover ArtTiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Recommended by Anne Smith, Communications and Events Coordinator, NCVLI
Cheryl Strayed answers our deepest questions and questions our deepest-held beliefs in these advice column responses; no-nonsense and just what we needed to hear. Scrumptious and one of my bookshelf mainstays year after year.
Cover ArtTwo Rivers by T. Greenwood
Recommended by Lydia Ruiz-Hom, Faculty Legal Assistant
It jumps between the 50s and the 80s taking on issues like racism, teen pregnancy, mental illness, death and forgiveness.  Great writing and a worthwhile read. 
Cover ArtUntamed by Glennon Doyle
Recommended by Anne Smith, Communications and Events Coordinator, NCVLI
I laughed out loud more times than I could count reading this honest life appraisal--this is NOT your typical whatever-this-genre-is book. 
Cover ArtWhat Kind of Woman by Kate Baer
Recommended by Mari Cheney, Assistant Director of Research and Instruction, Boley Law Library
I discovered Kate's poetry during the pandemic and it's been a salve for my soul. These are a few lines from one of my favorites, Fortune Telling:
...even though I cannot
bear the sound of another child
calling for his mother--I know I
will be one of those old women
who walks up to your family and
says: look, you are so beautiful.
Cover ArtWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Recommended by Joyce Tischler, Professor of Practice, Animal Law
I'm interested in breaking away from the role that "nice white people" like me play in supporting racism in America. DiAngelo, also white, offers fresh insights.


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