Category Archives: Recommended Books

Damali Ayo, “How to Rent A Negro”

From the “How to Rent A Negro” page at the Powell’s Books site: A hilarious and satirical look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals “much-needed” advice and tips on … Continue reading

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“Granny” on “The Gift of Fear”

Liz at the very amusingly named blog, “Granny Gets a Vibrator,” has written a provocative post recommending a book called The Gift of Fear,” by Gavin de Becker. It doesn’t sound like my kind of book, but it didn’t initially … Continue reading

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Book to Watch for: “Suite Française” by Irène Némirovsky

I haven’t read it yet, but the NYT article discussing it blew me away.   Here’s an excerpt: This stunning book contains two narratives, one fictional and the other a fragmentary, factual account of how the fiction came into being. … Continue reading

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“Where No Woman Has Gone Before: Feminist Perspectives on Star Trek”

Via Tax Prof Blog we learn that: “Texas A&M Press has just published Star Trek: Visions of Law and Justice (Robert H. Chaires & Bradley Chilton, eds.).” Among the constituent chapters are one called Where No Woman Has Gone Before: … Continue reading

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“The Meritocracy Myth”

Read an interview with Lani Guinier about her forthcoming book, “Meritocracy Inc.: How Wealth Became Merit, Class Became Race, and College Education Became a Gift from the Poor to the Rich,” which will be published in 2007. Here is an … Continue reading

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“Ask Bill” by Stephanie McMillan

From here, where there is a clearer version. Via Feministing. Update: You can buy a print of this cartoon here.

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“Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes”

“Why I’m Still Married: Women Write Their Hearts Out on Love, Loss, Sex, and Who Does the Dishes,” edited by Karen Propp and Jean Trounstine. From the Amazon.com page: “Whether they’re on their first marriage or their fourth, each of … Continue reading

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E.L. Doctorow’s “The March”

Last July I organized a panel discussion called “Southern Fried Feminism,” at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2005 Annual Meeting. My panelists included Deseriee Kennedy, who gave a feminist critique of “abstinence only” sex education as promulgated by the … Continue reading

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“Adapting Minds, Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature”

Nancy McClernan at Heavens to Mergatroyd has nice things to say about Adapting Minds, Evolutionary Psychology and the Persistent Quest for Human Nature by David J. Buller, such as: “…what Buller lacks in user-friendly presentation he makes up for in … Continue reading

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“The Education of Jane Addams” by Victoria Bissell Brown

From the book’s webpage: …”In its sharp departure from standard Addams lore, The Education of Jane Addams challenges the received image of America’s premier pacifist and urban reformer. While urging respect for Addams’s autobiography in its delivery of emotional truths, … Continue reading

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“Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined”

Edited by Andrea J. Buchanan and Amy Hudock. From the authors’ website: “For mothers who write or aspire to, who find meaning and humor in the demanding but wondrous daily experience of raising children, and who value the sharing of … Continue reading

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Two Book Reviews

Both here, by Grace at “Avast! Feminist Conspiracy!” The books she considers are Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker’s Rights at Wal-Mart, by Liza Featherstone, and Sisters: The Lives of America’s Suffragists by Jean H. Baker (both links … Continue reading

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“HOW THE PRO-CHOICE MOVEMENT SAVED AMERICA: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex” by Cristina Page

An “Editorial Review” from Amazon.com: “The passion of the pro-life movement extends beyond abortion opposition to an overarching desire to end contraceptive use and to restrict sex to procreation only, argues Page, director of a national pro-choice organization. In contrast, … Continue reading

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The University of Wisconsin’s College Library’s Women’s Collection

According to this site: “…the collection provides books and videos emphasizing current women’s issues of interest to undergraduates, including the students in Women’s Studies courses. The collection includes titles about women’s health concerns and topics such as abortion, women and … Continue reading

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An Unexpectedly Good Book: “Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood” by Koren Zailckas

I spent most of today in the Philadelphia airport, trying to get back to Columbia, SC through the blizzard. I started the day at 6 am, where I learned that one can walk underground from Broad and Locust streets in … Continue reading

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Phyllis Horn Epstein: “Women-at-Law: Lessons Learned Along the Pathways to Success”

“[A]uthor Phyllis Horn Epstein interviewed over 100 women lawyers of all ages, backgrounds,and lifestyle in a wide variety of practice settings in the nation….Women-at-Law provides women with ideas and suggestions about how to deal with their professional and personal goals … Continue reading

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Carrie Yang Costello:”Professional Identity Crisis: Race, Class, Gender, and Success at Professional Schools”

The Amazon.com summary: “The fact that women and people of color tend to underperform at professional schools is a source of controversy. Conservatives blame affirmative action, while liberals blame intentional discrimination. The extensive research reported in Professional Identity Crisis belies … Continue reading

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Kate Michelman Has Written a Memoir: “With Liberty and Justice for All: A Life Spent Protecting the Right to Choose”

From the first chapter: …”This is a book about one woman’s choice–my choice–how I came to terms with it, how I came to believe reproductive rights were central to women’s and children’s well-being, and how we can continue to create … Continue reading

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New Book: “Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence”

Edited by Nancy E. Dowd, Dorothy G. Singer, and Robin Fretwell Wilson; here is a summary from the Sage Publications webpage: Questions relating to violence and children surround us in the media: should V-chips be placed in every television set? … Continue reading

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New Book: “Rethinking Commodification: Cases and Readings in Law and Culture”

Edited by Martha M. Ertman and Joan C. Williams, here is a summary from the NYU Press webpage: What is the price of a limb? A child? Ethnicity? Love? In a world that is often ruled by buyers and sellers, … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation: “The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility,” by Linda C. McClain.

Larry Solum recommended this book at his Legal Theory blog a couple of weeks ago and it looks great!

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