Bibliophilia #8 | Fortify

Bibliophilia: the reading list for book lovers

Bibliophilia is a weekly post of recommended reading for law students and lawyers. The list will comprise both fiction and non-fiction books with as much variety as possible. We’re also happy to take reader submissions from you so get reading!

Chinese Justice, The Fiction | Jefferey C. Kinkley
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 Title: Chinese Justice, the Fiction
Author: Jefferey C. Kinkley
Genre: Non-fiction, analysis, law,culture

During the first thirty years under communism, China completely banned crime fiction. After Mao, however, crime genres of all kinds—old and new, Chinese and Western—sprang up in profusion….This is the first full-length study in any language of Chinese crime fiction in all eras: ancient, modern, and contemporary. It is also the first book to apply legal scholars’ “law and literature” inquiry to the rich field of Chinese legal and literary culture….Informed by contemporary comparative and theoretical perspectives on popular culture and the fiction of crime and detection, this book is based on extensive readings of Chinese crime fiction and interviews—in China and abroad—with the communist regime’s exiled and still-in-power security and judicial officers.   [source]


Inferno: An Anatomy Of American Punishment | Robert A. Ferguson
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 Title: Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment
Author: Robert A. Ferguson
Genre: Non-fiction, analysis, law

The United States punishes at a higher per capita rate than any other country in the world. In the last twenty years, incarceration rates have risen 500 percent. Sentences are harsh, prisons are overcrowded, life inside is dangerous, and rehabilitation programs are ineffective….Looking not only to court records but to works of philosophy, history, and literature for illumination, Robert Ferguson, a distinguished law professor, diagnoses all parts of a now massive, out-of-control punishment regime….Ferguson turns the spotlight from the debate over legal issues to the real plight of prisoners, addressing not law professionals but the American people….   [source]



The Reader | Bernhard Schlink
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 Title: The Reader
Author: Bernhard Schlink
Genre: Fiction, historical, romance,

…When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.   [source]




A Death At Crooked Creek | Marianne Wilson
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 Title: A Death At Crooked Creek
Author: Marianne Wesson
Genre: Non-fiction, historical, law, crime, case study

…In A Death at Crooked Creek, Marianne Wesson re-examines the long-neglected evidence in the case of the Kansas cowboy and his wife, recreating the court scenes that led to a significant Supreme Court ruling on the admissibility of hearsay evidence. Wesson employs modern forensic methods to examine the body of the dead man, attempting to determine his true identity and finally put this fascinating mystery to rest…   [source]



The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie | Lowell B. Komie
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 Title: The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie
Author: Lowell B. Komie
Genre: Fiction, anthology, legal thriller, short stories,

Since the Louis Auchincloss collections of the 1950s and 1960s, there have been few collections of legal short fiction written by a practicing American lawyer outside the genres of crime and legal thriller fiction….Here is a new collection by Lowell B. Komie of Chicago, published to celebrate his fiftieth year in the practice of law. Lowell B. Komie’s first collection of short stories….   [source]




NW | Zadie Smith
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 Title: NW
Author: Zadie Smith
Genre: Fiction, experimental, tragicomedy

Set in northwest London, Zadie Smith’s brilliant tragicomic novel follows four locals—Leah, Natalie, Felix, and Nathan—as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood….In private houses and public parks, at work and at play, these Londoners inhabit a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal, where the thoroughfares hide the back alleys and taking the high road can sometimes lead you to a dead end….   [source]

The Round House | Louis Erdrich
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 Title: The Round House
Author: Louise Erdrich
Genre: Fiction, mystery, coming of age

One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened…In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude….While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends…Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning….   [source]


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