Featured Book from the Recreational Reading Collection

The recreational reading (McNaughton) collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library under the staircase

Jo Baker, Lonbourn: A Novel of Pride and Prejudice Below Stairs  (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor)   PR6102.A57L66 2013

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 12.13.32 PM“The servants of the Bennett estate manage their own set of dramas in this vivid re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice. While the marriage prospects of the Bennett girls preoccupy the family upstairs, downstairs the housekeeper Mrs. Hill has her hands full managing the staff that keeps Longbourn running smoothly: the young housemaids, Sarah and Polly; the butler, Mr. Hill; and the mysterious new footman, James Smith, who bears a secret connection to Longbourn. At the heart of the novel is a budding romance between James and orphan-turned-housemaid Sarah, whose dutiful service belies a ferocious need for notice, an insistence that she fully be taken into account. When an expected turn of events separates the young lovers, Sarah must contend with James’s complicated past and the never-ending demands of the Bennetts. Baker (The Mermaid’s Child) offers deeper insight into Austen’s minor characters, painting Mr. Collins in a more sympathetic light while making the fiendish Mr. Wickham even more sinister. The Militia, which only offered opportunities for flirtations in the original, here serves as a reminder of the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars. Baker takes many surprising risks in developing the relationships between the servants and the Bennetts, but the end result steers clear of gimmick and flourishes as a respectful and moving retelling. A must-read for fans of Austen, this literary tribute also stands on its own as a captivating love story”.—Starred Review (Review from Publisher’s Weekly via Amazon)



Featured Book from the Recreational Reading Collection


The recreational reading (McNaughton) collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library under the staircase

China Miéville, The City & The City, (Del Rey Ballantine Books, 2009) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor)   PR6063.I265C58 2009  

Fantasy author Miéville (Looking for Jake, 2005) puts his own unique spin on the detective story. Inspector Tyador Borlu, a lonely police detective, is assigned to the murder of a young woman found dumped in a park on the edge of Beszel, an old city, decaying and mostly forgotten, situated in an unspecified area on the southeastern fringes of Europe. But Beszel does not exist alone; it shares much of the same physical space with Ul Qoma. Each city retains a distinct culture and style, and the citizenry of both places has elaborate rules and rituals to avoid the dreaded Breach, which separates the two across space and time. This unique setting becomes one of the most important and well-developed characters in the novel, playing a pivotal role in the mystery when Tyador discovers that his murder case is much more complex than a dumped body, requiring “international” cooperation with the Ul Qoman authorities. Eschewing the preliminary world-building techniques of many fantasy books, Miéville dumps the reader straight into Tyador’s world of crosshatching and unseeing, only gradually developing and explaining his one-of-a kind setting. Suggest to readers who enjoyed Michael Chabon’s alternate-history mystery, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007), or to fans of the futuristic urban setting in A. L. Martinez’s Automatic Detective (2008). An excellent police procedural and a fascinating urban fantasy, this is essential reading for all mystery and fantasy fans. –Jessica Moyer


Featured Book from the Recreational Reading Collection

The recreational reading (McNaughton) collection is located on the 2nd floor of the library under the staircase. Jonathan-franzen-freedomJonathan Franzen, Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010) LAW-McNaughton Collection (2nd Floor)   PS3556.R352F74 2010 Patty, a Westchester County high-school basketball star, should have been a golden girl. Instead, her ambitious parents betray her, doing her grievous psychic harm. Hardworking Minnesotan Walter wants to be Patty’s hero, and she tries to be a stellar wife and a supermom to Joey and Jessica, their alarmingly self-possessed children, but all goes poisonously wrong. Patty longs for Richard, Walter’s savagely sexy musician friend. Walter’s environmental convictions turn perverse once he gets involved in a diabolical scheme that ties protection of the imperiled cerulean warbler to mountaintop-removal coal mining in West Virginia. Richard is traumatized by both obscurity and fame. Joey runs amok in his erotic attachment to the intense girl-next-door and in a corrupt entrepreneurial venture connected to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The intricacies of sexual desire, marriage, and ethnic and family inheritance as well as competition and envy, beauty and greed, nature and art versus profit and status, truth and lies—all are perceptively, generously, and boldly dramatized in Franzen’s first novel since the National Book Award–winning The Corrections (2001). Passionately imagined, psychologically exacting, and shrewdly satirical, Franzen’s spiraling epic exposes the toxic ironies embedded in American middle-class life and reveals just how destructive our muddled notions of entitlement and freedom are and how obliviously we squander life and love. –Donna Seaman (Review from Booklist)


New Books in the Library

recreational reading

What do Ivan Doig, Stephen King and Jhumpa Lahiri have in common?  All have new books out this fall and you can find them in the Law Library’s recreational reading collection. When you need to take a break from reading casebooks, you’ll find a rotating selection of new novels and non-fiction works just under the stairs in the Library.


New and Notable: Binocular Vision

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Call number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3566.E2187B56 2011

Binocular Vision won numerous awards in 2011, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. The title was also recommended on several “Best 2011 Top Ten Fiction Titles” lists. In the book, author Edith Pearlman shared many of her previous award winning short stories along with some equally creative new works. Story after story, this collection evokes page-turning interest.


New and Notable: The Sense of an Ending

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Call number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PR6052.A6657S46 2011

From the publisher:

The Sense of an Ending won the  2011 Man Booker Prize. Acclaimed author Julian Barnes wrote this thought-provoking novel about a man placed at surprisingly unfamiliar cross roads. It focuses on the succeeding choices he makes in light of his alarming dilemma. The book questions, “How do you carry on, contentedly, when events conspire to upset all your vaunted truths? Laced with [the author’s] trademark precision, dexterity and insight, it is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers.”


New and Notable: Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
Call Number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3623.A7323S36 2011

Salvage the Bones: A Novel is a vivid portrayal of a poor rural family coping and realizing the far reaching effects of hurricane Katrina. By empathetically imparting twelve significant days before, during, and after this horrific natural event, the author provides a deeper understanding of Katrina’s consequences. Author Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National book award and 2012 Alex award for this enlightening story.


New and Notable: The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
Call Number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3555.I793 A6 2010

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, a compilation of four volumes, won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. On awarding the prestigious prize to the author, judge Laura Furman related, “From the first to the last of her collected stories, Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates her sharp intelligence, literary inventiveness and her clear understanding of human interconnectedness as it exists in isolation.”


Casual Reading Collections

As part of Seattle University’s mission to educate the whole person, the Law Library features three unique, reading collections: The Read Book Collection includes works of significance selected by our Read Poster celebrities during National Library Week. The Read Book Collection is located in the bookcase in front of the Reference Desk. The Walkover Collection, named after popular law school professor and associate dean Andrew Walkover, who died in 1988, consists of books that he would have recommended. The Recreational Reading Collection contains a rotating inventory of current fiction and nonfiction titles. The Walkover Collection and the Recreational Reading Collection are located by the 2nd floor stairwell. We hope you will take a break and enjoy a good read.


Recreational Reading

What do Amitav Ghosh, J.A. Jance, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Lee Child have in common? Their new books are all in the Law Library’s recreational fiction collection. Look for these and other recent bestsellers by the stairs on the main floor of the library.