New and Notable Non-Fiction Books from the McNaughton Recreational Reading Collection

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Jon Krakauer Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (Double Day 2015) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor) HV6568.M57K73 2015

In May 2012, Jezebel posted an article, “My Weekend in America’s So-Called ‘Rape Capital,’” referring to Missoula, Montana, though both the writer of that article and Krakauer (Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way, 2011, etc.) note that the rate of reported rapes in Missoula was commensurate with the rates in other college towns. Given the fanatic devotion for the Grizzlies, the university’s football team, and the fact that its players were accused of both gang and one-on-one rapes, Krakauer finds in Missoula the perfect storm of scandal. (In fact, some locals like to believe that football players don’t need to rape anyone because they can have sex with whomever they’d like.) The author homes in on the stories of several victims: one whose assailant was convicted, one whose wasn’t, and another whose crime was punished by expulsion from the university—though he was never found legally guilty (one revealing thread of Krakauer’s investigations is the appalling ineptitude of university administrators when confronted with accusations of rape among their students). The author focuses on the plight of a brave undergrad who, after considerable trepidation, decided to go public with her accusation against star player Beau Donaldson. Krakauer has done considerable research into acquaintance rape, and his recounting of trials, both legal and university proceedings, is riveting. His focus on quoting from testimony means that it is harder for readers to understand the motivations of someone like Kirsten Pabst, a former prosecutor who became a lawyer for an accused football player; an interview with her could have been useful. A raw and difficult but necessary read. (Review from Kirkus Reviews)

Andrew Lawler Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization (Atria Books 2014) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor) SF487.7.L28 2014

Today, there are more than 20 billion chickens, an astonishing number, admits Andrew Lawler, a contributing writer for Science magazine and freelance journalist. “Add up the world’s cats, dogs, pigs, and cows and there would still be more chickens.” Wondering how it is that such a bird has become so ubiquitous in so many manifestations (from McNuggets to occupying Col. Sanders’ buckets), the author embarked on an epic journey of his own to libraries and universities (where he interviewed various authorities on the bird), cockfights in the Philippines, the jungles of Vietnam, the factory farms now processing the birds for mass consumption, and the animal rights activist who keeps but does not eat her chickens. Lawler also takes readers on a trip into deep history, showing us the natural history of the bird, the difficulties archaeologists have with them (their bones do not often survive long sojourns in the ground), and the religious significance of, especially, the rooster. Lawler examined the chicken carcasses that Darwin studied, and he quotes a Hamlet sentry who mentions a rooster. He tells about some long-ago uses of bird parts—e.g., the dung of a rooster could cure an ulcerated lung. We learn about weathervanes and how the bird has been roosting in our language: “chicken” (coward), “cock” (well, you know) and others. The author instructs us about chicken sexual unions and about the intricacies of the egg, and he eventually arrives at the moral question: Why do we treat these birds with such profound cruelty? He also acknowledges that chickens’ waste and demands on our resources are nothing like those of pigs and cows. A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion. (Review from Kirkus Reviews)

New and Notable: Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption.
New Books KF373.S74A3 2015

“A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice.  Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.  Author  Brian Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant.” – from the publisher

New and Notable: Trial Advocacy

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Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy

Marilyn J. Berger, Professor Emeritus
John B. Mitchell, Professor
Ronald H. Clark, Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

KF8915.B47 2015

“Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy 4th Edition provides the experience and approach to thinking, planning, and performing as a practicing lawyer. The book presents a wide range of practice situations and fosters the kinds of analytic processes and skills needed to perform trial work. Today’s lawyer must be fluent with technology for case organization and courtroom presentation, as well as with alternative forms of dispute resolution. The book provides these new tools while retaining the trial lawyer skills that remain very much the same as they have throughout the history of the legal profession.

Trial Advocacy: Planning, Analysis, and Strategy, 4th Edition, is divided into 14 chapters. Each chapter covers a separate trial subject area—persuasion, jury selection, opening statement, objections, and so on. Each chapter presents a theoretical and practical approach to the particular skill that is the subject of that chapter, provides illustrations of practice as applied to hypothetical situations, and offers a series of practical and strategic pointers in the subject area.  Each chapter also includes a checklist of skills dealt with in the chapter.

Accompanying the book are Assignments, which take students through the trial process in the context of the criminal and civil cases, both of which arise from a tavern shooting after which the victim dies. The assignments are intended for role-play in professional workshops and legal education advocacy classes.” – From the publisher

New and Notable: Mea Culpa

cover imageMea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History
Steven W. Bender, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

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“In Mea Culpa, Steven W. Bender examines how the United States’ collective shame about its past has shaped the evolution of law and behavior. We regret slavery and segregationist Jim Crow laws. We eventually apologize, while ignoring other oppressions, and our legal response to regret often fails to be transformative for the affected groups. By examining policies and practices that have affected the lives of groups that have been historically marginalized and oppressed, Bender is able to draw persuasive connections between shame and its eventual legal manifestations. Analyzing the United States’ historical response to its own atrocities, Bender identifies and develops a definitive moral compass that guides us away from the policies and practices that lead to societal regret.

Mea Culpa challenges its readers. In a different era, might we have been slave owners or proprietors of a racially segregated establishment? It’s easy to judge immorality in the hindsight of history, but what current practices and policies will later generations regret?

More than a historical survey, this volume offers a framework for resolving some of the most contentious social problems of our time. Drawing on his background as a legal scholar, Bender tackles immigration, the death penalty, the war on terror, reproductive rights, welfare, wage inequity, homelessness, mass incarceration, and same-sex marriage. Ultimately, he argues, it is the dehumanization of human beings that allows for practices to occur that will later be marked as regrettable. And all of us have a stake in standing on the side of history that resists dehumanization.”

From the publisher

New Walkover collection titles – fiction

Take time in your busy academic schedule for some non-law, thought provoking reading. Each won coveted literary awards. Enjoy!

lilaPS3568.O3125L55 2014

From the publisher:  “Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of [author] Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence that is destined to become an American classic.  [It is] … an unforgettable story of girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.”  This book was a 2014 National Book Award finalist and won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award.


redeploymentPS3611.L4423A6 2014

From the publisher: “Taking readers to the front lines of the war in Iraq and back, [author Phil Klay’s] Redeployment asks us to understand what happened there and what happened to soldiers who returned. Whether in the combat zone of on the home front, they face life at extremely, where happy stories and easy answers provide no guidance or comfort.” This book won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the John Leonard First Book Prize. It was also selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book ReviewTimeNewsweekThe Washington Post Book World, and Amazon.

New Walkover collection titles – legal mysteries

For a great reading escape, take time to enjoy these thrilling legal mysteries. New to the Walkover collection, each was listed as a #1 New York Times bestseller.

witnessThe fifth witness: a novel by Michael Connelly.
PS3553.O51165F55 2011

From the publisher: “Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. Criminal defense in Los Angeles has virtually dried up, and he has had to expand his business into foreclosure defense. But just when Mickey thinks criminal court is in his rearview mirror one of his new clients is accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. … Now despite the growing danger, the lawyer is ready to mount the best defense of his career.”


By John Grisham:

confessionThe confession: a novel.
PS3557.R5355C66 2011

From the publisher: “He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row. Nine years have passed. Travis has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime; Donté is four days away from his execution. Travis suffers from an inoperable brain tumor. For the first time in his miserable life, he decides to do what’s right and confess. But how can a guilty man convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man?”

sycamoreSycamore row: a novel.
PS3557.R5355S93 2014

From the publisher: “Now we return to Ford County as Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a fiercely controversial trial that exposes a tortured history of racial tension:  Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, [Seth] Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?”

New Walkover collection titles – fiction

Take time in your busy academic schedule for some non-law, thought provoking reading. Each won coveted literary awards. Enjoy!

FowlerPS3556.O844W4 2013

From the publisher:  “In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves,  author Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.”  This book won the 2014 Pen/Faulkner award for fiction, was a finalist for the 2014 Man Booker prize, listed among the New York Times Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2013, and named by the Christian Science Monitor as one of the top 15 works of fiction in 2013.


FlanaganPR9619.3.F525 N37 2015

From the publisher:  “In The Narrow Road to the Deep North, [acclaimed Australian writer] Richard Flanagan displays the gifts that have made him one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary fiction. Moving deftly from a Japanese POW camp to present-day Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo Evans and his fellow prisoners to that of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.”  This book won the 2014 Man Booker prize.

New and Notable: Mass Incarceration on Trial: A remarkable court decision and the future of prisons in America

Mass incarceration on trial: a remarkable court decision and the future of prisons in America Jonathan Simon
KF9730.S57 2014

From the publisher: Berkeley law professor Jonathan Simon—an internationally renowned critic of mass incarceration and the war on crime—argues that, much like the epic school segregation cases of the last century, this new case represents a major breakthrough in jurisprudence. Along with twenty years of litigation over medical and mental health care in California prisons, the 2011 Brown decision moves us from a hollowed-out vision of civil rights to the threshold of human rights… Exposing the priority of politics over rational penal policy—and debunking the premise that these policies are necessary for public safety—this perceptive and groundbreaking book urges us to seize the opportunity to replace mass incarceration with a system anchored in the preservation of human dignity.

New and Notable: Social networking: Law, Rights and Policy

Social networking: Law, Rights and Policy Paul Lambert
KF390.5.C6S643 2014

Social Networking: Law, Rights and Policy is a timely book which examines and explores many of the pressing issues presented by social networking and the array of legal issues, challenges and concerns that it has given rise to. – From the publisher.
It offers a strong international comparative element and examines various legal jurisdictions. – From Amazon’s review.

New and Notable in the Library’s Recreational Reading Collection

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Ian McEwan The Children Act (Doubleday 2014) available at: LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor) PR6063.C4C48 2014

Fiona Maye, at 59, has just learned of an awful crack in her marriage when she must rule on the opposing medical and religious interests surrounding a 17-year-old boy who will likely die without blood transfusions. The cancer patient, weeks shy of the age when he could speak for himself, has embraced his parents’ deep faith as Jehovah’s Witnesses and their abhorrence of letting what the Bible deems a pollutant enter his body. The scenes before the bench and at the boy’s hospital bedside are taut and intelligent, like the best courtroom dramas. The ruling produces two intriguing twists that, among other things, suggest a telling allusion to James Joyce’s 17-year-old Michael Furey in “The Dead.” Meanwhile, McEwan (Sweet Tooth, 2012, etc.), in a rich character study that begs for a James Ivory film, shows Fiona reckoning with the doubt, depression and temporary triumphs of the betrayed—like an almost Elizabethan digression on changing the locks of their flat—not to mention guilt at stressing over her career and forgoing children. As Fiona thinks of a case: “All this sorrow had common themes, there was a human sameness to it, but it continued to fascinate her.” Also running through the book is a musical theme, literal and verbal, in which Fiona escapes the legal world and “the subdued drama of her half-life with Jack” to play solo and in duets. McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new and emotionally rewarding in a way he hasn’t done so well since On Chesil Beach (2007). (Review from Kirkus)

David Leavitt The Two Hotel Francforts (Bloomsbury 2013) available at: LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor) PS3562.E2618T86 2013

With his first novel, The Lost Language of Cranes (1986), Leavitt claimed attention as a serious fiction writer, and the publication of his first collection of short stories, Family Dancing (1984), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, alerted readers that he was to be taken as a talented writer in the short form as well. Leavitt’s new novel establishes a brisk pace from page one, corresponding to the jittery atmosphere of the place and time in which it is set: the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, which, in the summer of 1940, is the only neutral port left in Europe. Refugees from the German takeover of most of the continent are gathered in Lisbon awaiting a chance to escape the war’s dangers. Leavitt focuses on two married couples as they pass the tense time until an American ship, the Manhattan, will arrive to carry them and other fortunate ticket-holders to the U.S. With one of the men narrating the novel’s events, recalling them from the distance of several years, we follow the couples as they wait for relief from the dangers closing in and, in the meantime, play their own game of intrigue, not on an international diplomatic level but on a personal and even more confounding level: the two wives having to deal with an affair that quickly ignites between their husbands. The result is a dramatic story that Leavitt weaves with compelling authority and empathy. (Starred Review from Booklist)