updated and the changes are too numerous to mark them
on scrolling to see ALL the book types
with the words
or any other device.
In the future,
add headings: "ADDED x/x/99" and
list the new
places: one at the end of the section of books I have read,
and the other
of the file for books I've learned about but have not yet read.
As for the
I have not kept a lifetime list.
I'll just add
think of them and as I have time.
October 24, 2000
MMPI, MMPI-2, and MMPI-A In Court: A Practical Guide for Expert
(2nd Edition) by Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D.,
James N. Butcher, Ph.D., and Joyce Seelen, Esq. Publisher:
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Roger W. Shuy, an eminent scholar and expert
Language of Confession, Interrogation, and Deception (Empirical
, Vol 2) Click
Crimes : The Use and Abuse of Language Evidence in the Courtroom
Crimes tells the story of some of the remarkable cases in which
Roger Shuy has served as an expert witness. These cases covered
acts such as solicitation to murder, bribery, threatening extortion,
perjury, all of which use language as a medium. These intriguing
show the power of the study of language to assist the courts to achieve
Few Months to Live : Different Paths to Life's End by
Jana Staton, Roger W. Shuy, Ira Byock. Interviews of senior
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Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women by Christina
War Against Boys : How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men by
Christina Hoff Sommers
: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality by
: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism (American Intellectual
Sommers wrote: "A devastating expose of the way academic feminists are
driving their wedge between men and women.Professor Daphne Patai shows
the workings of the vast Sexual Harassment Industry (SHI) that now
on the college campus. With humor, style, and persuasive analytic
she demolishes its male-bashing arguments. And she does it all from a
feminist point of view."
Night in Paradise : Sex and Morals at the Century's End by Katie
Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
by Camille Paglia
book by Norman Mailer
Ghost by Norman Mailer
about the CIA. Very thick (1310 pages), sometime tedious to
Yet when I finished, I had this feeling that I knew, just KNEW, just
knew that he had researched his story very well. His use of
is phenomenal. At times, I thought, "Ah, hell, he's just being
. . . or condescending." Sometimes it was just the challenge or
testing of my self-discipline to get through it. It was the CIA
which kept me going. His depiction of the Kennedys makes Clinton
appear an innocent.
book by John Irving
Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Meany believed he was an instrument of God.
Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
humor," " Dickensian
sentiment," and "outrage at cruelty, dogmatism and injustice" -- words
used by Time to describe this family saga.
House Rules by John Irving
author of our century.
A great novel to give teenage girls, Cider House Rules sees
sides of the abortion issue. The young girl to whom I gave this
has chosen celibacy(!) -- at least for the last few years.
Son of the Circus by John Irving
Set in and
India: a little mystery, a little murder, a little sex, a little faith,
a little humor, a little Hindi movie-making, a little Indian circuses,
and a little dwarf. :) Wrong, not oxymoronic, read it
book by Robin Cook
Risk by Robin Cook
How far will
community alter their standards of acceptable risk? Robin Cook
his novel by suggesting that a spicy rye bread, known as "crazy bread,"
was at the root of the Salem witchhunt in 1692. The mold on
the rye-seed bread was an ergot fungus. Ergot is the
basis of lysergic acid, recognized today for its
characteristics. Uncharacteristic Cook ending.
Cure by Robin Cook
Cook's recent books is Fatal Cure. It was, I believe, the
prescience of the current controversy over HMOs' managed care
and practices. Of course, the most obvious opportunity for fraud
-- at least in Massachusetts -- is not covered in the book or, for that
matter, in any other book known to me. It is so obvious and
that it is just not sexy enough to gain the attention of publishable
the media, the former Bay State Governor's (Weld's) office, or the
unit of the former Attorney General's office (Harshbarger's).
Days: A Novel of the Heartland by Donald Harstad
a very entertaining nonstop mystery in record time. Pick up his
Days in Nation County: Known Dead by Donald Harstad
new mystery, about
to be published, is on back order.
book by Barbara Kingsolver
Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
perfect novel for the young adult . . . as well as the older one.
Readers generally don't stop after one Kingsolver book. She is a
in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
Illegal adoption of Native American children.
Complete Fiction: The Bean Trees/Homeland and Other Stories/Animal
in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
great Graduation or Birthday gift for leisurely summer reading.
four of these are great. Cheaper if you buy by the set.
book by Tony Hillerman
history is mixed
with mystery in each of Hillerman's many and fascinating books set in
Dine Nation. Become friends with Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the
Tribal Police by getting hooked on Hillerman.
book by Faye Kellerman
the way, I donated all Federal reporters (hard copies and advance
to the Navajos when I switched to CD-ROMs for my legal research.
I hereby request that all attorneys in similar circumstances to do the
same: send books and advance sheets either to the Dine
or to some other Indian or Native American reservation or nation.
Federal courts have jurisdiction over Indian matters. Some groups
may want state law as well.
address below is where
I sent my books -- a school where there is a community college and
new law school:
St., Dorm 9,
Office Box 1799
Rock, New Mexico
mail only goes as far as the U.S. postoffice in Ship Rock.
boxes of books are weighty, and the school would have to send a car or
truck for them, I sent those via UPS, which delivers to the school.
made several requests to the old West Publishing Co., as well as the
West Group, parented by a U.K. parent company with its U.S.
in Connecticut, to send their "extras" to prisons as well as to
the reservations. Corporate irresponsibility
won out. . . . Maybe I should amend that to say, if they did
my suggestion, that news didn't reach my ears.
any lawyers read this, write to West and push the idea. Let
sense and a little public opinion work for a change. (Think of how many
prisoner-right suits would be mooted!) Or even Copy this page
it into an email and Send it to
better yet, email@example.com
destroys the returns. They dare not ship them to other customers
in case someone tore out pages from the books which were
That type of damage is probably minimal to never. Frequent
to state and federal prisons would solve that problem. If certain
pages are out of one book, it would be unlikely they'd be out of
copy of the same volume
could take a tax loss for the de minimus cost of shipping and
and Nina Lazarus
Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer
of Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell are the subject of this, a lesser,
novel of the usually acclaimed Archer. Great opportunity for
exploration was sacked. Lubji's transformation first into Player
and then Armstrong all made sense. But then Armstrong's character
was divorced from early development. From a young man clever and
observant and linguistically talented, Armstrong became an ill-mannered
boor with Henry VIII's eating habits . . . all without explanation.
and Structure (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Jack M. Bickham
Keith, driven with an occasional hormonic urge, was never a mystery.
also no need to
jump back and forth between the early decades of their lives. I
on looking for the purpose of the jumping around but there was none to
be found. Crisp but empty. The only good lesson was about
around page 48. I finished it only because I'm compulsive.
After all that disappointment, the cutesy ending was insulting.
who survived the reading deserved more. Lazy, lazy work.
100-680 could have been abridged into 100 pages.
Such a success, it's just come out in paperback.
book by Marge Piercy
She and It by Marge Piercy
says the book is about "the parallel adjustment problems of a
cyborg and a 17th-century golem." A reader wrote it's "#1 on my
list." Another wrote that the story is set in the not-too-distant
future when "megacorporations rule the world and small, entrepreneurial
communities have to fight to protect their unique cultures, products
from the River by Ursula Hegi
the romance with the cyborg more interesting than all the SF and
cliches and religious mysticism. Would it, the cyborg, have the
emotions to love and be loved? Piercy was telling the story on
levels. Buy it once but read it several times, each time on a
one of those many levels.
I gave this
4 out of 5 stars
in a review at amazon.com in
March 1998. I wrote (except for a few differences in punctuation):
A page turner but slow. Trudi the Zwerg is rejected by all but accepted
by all. Her peers don't include her in their school activities but
in her. A three-year-old with a memory that is developmentally
Oxymorons that make sense! An oxymoron. But throughout the book, I felt
it was nisnamed. It was an Apologeia for religionists. Religion demands
blind faith and makes vulnerable to manipulation those whom it entices.
It was difficult to believe that the Catholic majority were so tolerant
of the surprisingly sizable community of educated Jews in their midst
until the Hitler era.
avoided the irony
of the tryst between Catholic, dwarfed, love-shunned Trudi and Jewish,
half-blind Max. Their love affair was not credible. Max was talented
ostensibly brilliant, but it was not enough that he loved Trudi because
she was unique. It simply was not enough.
from the time he was a long-curly-locked boy raised in girl's clothing.
Her rose-chested friend (whose name I forget) was three-dimensional.
friend's eventually-suicidal husband was. Even the dentist was. Ingrid
was. But Max wasn't. He had been a teacher who was found out.
Max was not brought
up on the village with the others, but it was not credible that Trudi
NOT have explored and learned his secrets as she did those of others .
. . and should have shared them with us, the readers. It was as if . .
. if even Trudi, this deformed woman, secretly immoral -- at least
as measured in that era -- could secretly love a Jew, Max, so could the
rest of her fellow Germans. It's just that they couldn't, says Hegi,
their love or respect or concern for the Jews' safety because they were
in fear themselves. Hogwash or does it wash?
majesty is that it raises all these questions. It makes us think.
No. Fascinating? Yes. Just not for the obvious reasons! It left
suspicious. Nevertheless, at least Hegi allowed her villagers to admit
that they knew that genocide was taking place. That is more than the
from Dachau did, even though the camp Dachau was just down a straight
lined by slender trees (name I forget, begins with an "L" (think),
by a flat plane of farm acreage between the town and the camp, and
by rows and rows of chimneys soaring out of the ovens and leaving an
stench which lasted years after the camp was long empty. At least Hegi
didn't say, We didn't know. But then she wasn't born during WWII,
her of the opportunity to learn about shame (none in her novel). It's
though, that she felt the rejection -- a young postwar German emigre --
that Trudi felt. Whence Trudi was born.
Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan Brook
drawing upon the latest of archival, linguistic, and archaeological
this volume traces the development of the Khazars from their early
as a tribe to the decline and fall of their kingdom. It also
the many migrations of the Khazar people into Hungary, Ukraine, and
areas of Europe and their subsequent assimilation, providing the most
treatment of this complex issue to date. As a major world power,
enjoyed diplomatic and trade relations with many peoples and nations
the Byzantines, Alans, Magyars, and Slavs) and changed the course of
history in many ways. Readers have given it 5 stars! (I'm
the middle of it.)
Webster's Third International Dictionary
book is a must for every budding writer and poet. I've used it
the last 40+ years and could not have lived without it!
Post's Etiquette (16th edition)
received this from a favorite aunt when I married. A must .
. . even in today's society . . . particularly if your upwardly mobile.
following books were either recommended to me or I heard the authors
about their books on BookTV on CSPAN-2 on weekends. If you're a
lover, that's the place to visit regularly.
Power by David Baldacci
Movie is starring Clint Eastwood. Can the President get away with
of Criticism by Northrop Frye
That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
turned author. Scottoline's first legal thriller, for which she
won the Edgar Award.
Appeal by Lisa Scottoline
Scottoline's second legal thriller, for which she did win the Edgar
Last Man on the Moon by Eugene Cernan
personal observations of his experiences in the Apollo program. We are
"exploiting space" rather than "exploring space," Cernan fretted as he
stood in the Pentagon bookstore for the first time. The latter is, of
what we as a nation should be doing. (BTW, Tom Hanks did not
. . .)
Once by Zelda Popkin
of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power (Vol. 1) by Robert A. Caro
of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent (Vol. 2) by
Robert A. Caro
book of short stories by Alice Munro
Love of a Good Woman: Stories by Alice Munro
of the short-story genre is this Canadian woman, National Book Critics
Circle Award winner, whose editor at Knopf is Ann Close. Harriet
Klausner, an independent Web reviewer, gave it a ***** review and wrote
"Fabulous" but not Munro's best. (Klausner's review at amazon.com.)
Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash, Jr., by Sylvia
out in May. The National Book Critics Circle Award-winning
of John Nash, a Nobel Prize (for Economics) winner and genius
who tumbled into madness, paranoid schizophrenia, in his
Nasar read an excerpt from the book on BookTV on CSPAN-2. Sounded
Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An
World by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
in the Year 1000 was the herb agrimony, which, when
with milk, "inflames the passion of the male." Agrimony with
ale had the opposite effect. Not an ordinary read in
If the book contains the energy with which Lacey speaks about the
the journey at the close of the previous millenium promises to be
Storm by Richard Dooling
made from the skin of sheep or goat, shrinks as it ages and tries to
the shape of the animal from which it was taken.
Eggs! In nature, hens stopped laying eggs around October, when
dwindled. After the Equinox, when days of increased light
with Easter, hens began laying eggs again and celebration was
The relationship between eggs and Easter is less evident today because
the lights are kept on in the egg factories all year long, tricking the
poor little hens into laying eggs all year round.
history, there is no evidence that St. Valentine had anything to do
love or sex. February was simply the month of pagan fertility
featuring copulation, and the season of the year when birds first
review said that the book is so well-written, and humorously, that it
a good read for anyone of any age, including high school and college
and for anyone interested in history.
thriller, neurobiology, hate crimes, love-starved chimpanzees,
copyright violation are all words needed to describe Dooling's
He's a personal favorite of a briliant friend of mine.
book by Olivia Goldsmith
of the Month by Olivia Goldsmith
fast and HOT," one reader says of Goldsmith's second novel. She
the author of the First Wives Club, of recent movie fame.
A Novel by Olivia Goldsmith
mistress is featured.
Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith
publishing world is the focus of this murder mystery.
book by Robert C. Davies
& the Amphibian Problem Solver : Practical & Expert Advice on
Snakes & Lizards by Richard Davies and Valerie Davies
title says it all!
the Fleet: U.S. Navy Ordnance in the Muzzle-Loading Era by
Gun by Ian Hogg
book by Howard Frank Mosher
the Rivers Flow North by Howard Frank Mosher
first book: six stories and a novella about the "Up North"
A favorite amongst Vermonters.
in the Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher
tells of a small town torn apart by fear and prejudice, told from the
of view of a sensitive young boy.
Life of Thomas More by Peter Akroyd
about the Star Chamber. Thomas More, the lawyer who became a
He was martyred for his refusal to support Henry VIII's divorce and
House by Charles Dickens
melodrama, detective story. Sound modern? Several
of a family wait in vain to inherit money from a disputed fortune while
a lawsuit drags on for decades of convoluted legal maneuvering.
modern? It's a blend of social commentary and Dickens' best
satirical look at the Byzantine legal system.
by Douglas Starr
fascinating history of blood. Not what you expect!
Bravo Company by Robert Hemphill
1889-1936 Hubris by Ian Kernshaw
Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America by
L. White and James Henry III Cones
types of racial discrimination are defined by two psychologists who
in participatory education. An example of such discrimination:
The modern black man may sit on the board of directors of a city
authority, but he doesn't decide where the buses or trains will run,
white males do . . . between the meetings . . . Lucid,
speaker/author. Must be a must read.
to the Mountain: A Journey of Faith and Change by Jon Katz
Katz, a 50-year-old baby boomer, advocates taking a break from life as
you've come to know it. He went, he said, to where he saw only
men in big trucks with big wheels, and the only thing he heard from
for the first year he was there was, "Nice dogs." His book
has found instant success, thanks to the success of marketing it on the
novel by Alicia Rasley
gives writing courses on the Net. Take a visit. If you want
to write, this is a place to start:
Midsummer's Delight by Alicia Rasley
Painted Rock, you'll find "The Plot-phobic's 12-step Program to the
interview with Alicia Rasley
femiNazis in the next group:
Justice by Alicia Rasley
Royal Escapade by Alicia Rasley
Wilder Heart by Alicia Rasley, Peter Bergman (Audio Cassette)
in Love by Alicia Rasley, Lynn Kerstan, and Julie Caille
Christmas Ghost by Lynn Kerstan, Alicia Rasley
via e-mail on the GEnie Network, Gwen's Christmas Ghost is the second
effort of Kerstan and Rasley.
Touch of Christmas by Dawn Aldridge Poore, Nina Porter, Alicia
Valentine's Day Tangle by Cindy Holbrook, Nina Porter, Emily
Reader by Bernhard Schlink
from being an Oprah choice, the readers reviews in amazon.com
that this book will be enthralling. A
good book to buy with full knowledge that you'll either give it a way
a special friend or that a good friend will ask for it on loan and
never see it again. I
suppose you can always buy two of them and save on the cost of shipping
Falling Out With Allen Ginsberg, Lionel & Diana Trilling, Lillian
Hannah Arendt, and Norman Mailer by Norman Podhoretz
history of the literary elite -- e.g., Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer --
decades ago. Podhoretz was young but one of them. He marvels at the
of their group, and mourns the harm to society which that success
David Malouf Great writer, native Brisbanite [Australian]. .
Web-friend wrote: "A good excerpt from a book: `Brisbane is so sleepy,
so slatternly, so sprawlingly unlovely! I have taken to wandering about
after school looking for one simple object in it that might be
or appalling even, but there is nothing. It is simply the most ordinary
place in the world.' Malouf doesn’t like this place very much,
can’t stop talking about it. Go figure!!
of Magic by Andre Norton
to disagree with him. Brisbane is lovely and green, sunny all the
just gorgeous place to live. Not in the least bit claustrophobic. Very
open. He just can’t see the inherent beauty of ordinary things. `The
miracle of ordinary life.'
is what we have and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The simple
of ordinary activities, friendly people, movies, eating out, or eating
in, chatting to neighbours over the fence, pet dogs, sun-baking,
on a bus, going to the shopping centre, walking through the streets,
a green tree, past a building painted yellow and cobalt blue, road
the occasional international superstar descending on our town for a few
days: Yehudi Menuin is coming in a month, I want to go but tickets are
too expensive. His last trip here ever. (How can I miss it :(((((((
chosen by Poetry Contest winner, Female, aged 16.
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