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Last minute gift ideas? Book Recommendations from the PCL.

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

As you are running around this holiday season, you may want to pick up one or two last-minute gifts.  Or maybe you want to snuggle up and enjoy a good book while it rains over the course of this week.  Here are the last of our suggestions for reading over the holiday break.

Professor Kate Irwin-Smiler recommends two authors for students and faculty to pick up and read for entertainment over the holidays.

  • James Patterson’s Alex Cross books. I cruised through these when I was on break in law school and there are a ton. Very short chapters & they go quickly. (18 so far!)
  • Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War books – The author of The Other Boleyn Girl has a historical fiction series based in England’s War of Roses (15th century). These books focus on the women involved in the English dynastic struggle between the Lancastrian and York houses. So far, there are three books – The White Queen [Available at ZSR], The Red Queen [Available at ZSR], and The Lady of the Rivers [Brand new, but already available at ZSR}, with more to come.

As a recent read, Dan Freehling recommends, Tangled Webs by James B. Stewart [Available at the High Point Public Library or through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)]. In an interview with Stewart published in  the New Yorker,  writes that “‘the broad public commitment to telling the truth under oath has been breaking down.’ Drawing on new interviews, full court transcripts, and hundreds of investigative notes that have remained private until now, Stewart meticulously and startlingly reconstructs the cases of Martha Stewart, Scooter Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernard Madoff—and scrutinizes how lying by each of these figures affects the American justice system, and society as a whole.” For the full interview, see The Book Bench column from April 2011.

Professor Barbara Lentz also shares some favorites from her family.  Her husband recommends the title, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History [Available at ZSR]. And, Professor Lentz enjoyed reading cookbooks and essays after oneL exams, and along those lines strongly recommend Heat by Bill Buford [Available at ZSR], and Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential [Available at ZSR], which reminds Professor Lentz of being a line cook, kitchen serf and bartender in college. See the other titles Professor Lentz recommended in an earlier blog post, “More Wintery Reads: Recommendations from WFU Faculty.”

If you think we missed one of the most crucial books of the season, please drop us a line in the comments!

Wintery Reads: Book Recommendations for Winter Break

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

It is almost that time.  Yes, that time you can put away your case books, statutory supplements, and study aids.  Yes, that time that your brain gets a rest from reading judicial opinions and statutory construction.  Yes, that time that your laptop will be used for more than creating outlines and compiling class notes.  Yes, that time that you can read for fun!

Reading for fun, what a luxury?!  Well if you want to dive back into the words of your favorite author, whether it be the adventures of the bounty hunters created by Janet Evanovich or the real-life tales of Kendra Wilkinson, it’s time. The PCL Staff would like to help point you in the direction of a few hot books to read over a not-so-hot winter break.

#1 Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City written by Nelson Johnson.  PCL team member, Gina Jarrett recommends this book, by saying that “this is the book that inspired the HBO series, ‘Boardwalk Empire.’  However, the book spans much more than just the time period that the show is set in: it’s beginnings as a Resort Town, its rise and fall into seediness, and rebirth under The Donald’s (Trump) leadership.  Very interesting for those who like history-type of stuff, or want to learn more about the history of the real city.  It’s also good reading for those folks who are fans of the show.  However, it’s important to note that the book is nowhere near as violent as the show.  But a fun read, nevertheless!”

#2: Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson.  Bob Herbert, PCL team member, denotes this book as “the definitive autobiography of Steve Job” and “a must read” for this holiday season.

#3: The Margaret Maron & Deborah Knott series available at ZSR recommended by PCL team member, Sally Irvin.  Maron is a local North Carolinian author that sets all of her Judge Deborah Knott novels in North Carolina locales from Murphy to Manteo.  Just in case you aren’t familiar with the Maron & Knott series and want to start from the beginning, here is a chronology of all the titles:

Stay tuned for more book recommendations from the PCL as Winter Break quickly approaches, and feel free to leave your suggestions here as well!