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Law Library News for May 21, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Summer Reading Recommendations

Compiled by Ann Hemmens

As the end of the school year approaches and you find time to actually read books for fun instead of class, we thought it would be helpful to give you a few recommendations for leisurely, entertaining reading from members of the Law School Faculty and Staff.

Julia Gold, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Mediation Clinic

  • The Golden Bowl, by Henry James (C. Scribner's Sons, 1904). "I am currently reading this title as the movie is coming out soon and want to have read it before I see the movie."
  • Two books on Indian subjects:
    • A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth (Harper Trade, 1994), a "favorite of all time."
    • A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry (Knopf, 1997).

Kate O'Neill, Assistant Professor

  • The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood (Doubleday, 2000). "Set in and near Toronto during the Great Depression, this novel presents the interior monologue of an elderly woman reviewing her family's fall from wealth, her unwilling marriage to a wealthy industrialist and the devastating effects on her younger sister. At the core is a murder mystery. It sounds depressing, but it's too interesting to be merely depressing. Atwood's use of her narrator's memory brilliantly depicts a consciousness moving from denial and apathy to awareness and engagement. There are lots of issues for lawyers and feminists to mull over."
  • A Frolic of His Own, by William Gaddis (Simon & Schuster, 1994). "This book is on my summer "re-reading" list. The best-written, post-modern send-up of law (and lots of other stuff) I've read. The first time I read it I'd laugh (and cry) out loud. It's long and complex; not a beach "lite" book."
  • Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris (Little, Brown & Company, 1997). "Recommended to me by one of my former BLS students, this book is hilarious. Sedaris is not one to mince words. If you like respectful humor, avoid this book."
  • The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of a City, by Robert Sullivan (Doubleday, 1999). "I know it sounds preposterous that a book about the industrial swampland between New York and New Jersey could be an engaging and funny travel book, but it is. Sure to appeal to urban environmentalists. Kayak, anyone?"
  • The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945, by Wladyslaw Szpilman (Picador, 1999). "A memoir of one young Jewish man's survival in Warsaw from 1939-1445. Anyone who is interested in why the Jews supposedly acted, or did not act, in the face of Nazi terrorism will get a first-hand account. There's no self-pity here. It reads like an adventure novel. I stayed up too late finishing it."
  • The Rings of Saturn, by W.G. Sebald (New Directions Publishing Corp., 1998). "A rumination on the history of the world and the meaning of life. What more can I say? It's beautifully written, mystical, associative; you wander along as if dreaming with Sebald."
  • The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds, by Jonathan Rosen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux LLC, 2000). "Super cool. A very interesting rumination on how our e-scribbles annotate our texts the way Hebrew scholars annotated the scriptures."

Kathy Swinehart, Admissions Supervisor

  • Ricochet River, by Robin Cody (Knopf, 1992). "Robin Cody is a Portland author. It's a coming-of-age novel set in the early 1960s about 3 teenagers (one Native American) living in a small logging town east of Portland. Cody skillfully weaves the salmon metaphor into the novel. Highly recommended!"
  • Voyage of the Summer Sun: Canoeing the Columbia River, by Robin Cody (Sasquatch Books, 1996). "[Cody's] later non-fiction piece, where he takes a canoe from the source of the Columbia River (Columbia Lake in Canada) to Astoria (the mouth). It's sure to be just as good."

Maria Victoria, Supervising Attorney, Child Advocacy Clinic

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling (A.A. Levine Books, 1998). "I am not recommending this book just because I am devoted to children's issues. I am recommending this book because I believe that once in a while reading a book for the child inside all of us all is good for the soul. This book invites your imagination to enter the world of wizards from a child's perspective. It is funny, creative, colorful, and just plain fun. The wizard school's curriculum should be particularly interesting to those of us in academia. With classes such as chants, potions, enchantments, and broom handling, it just made me want to take a sabbatical and join the fun as an unpaid visiting mongrel-lecturer."

Do you want more recommendations? If you run out of interesting titles during the summer, you have lots of options for finding new books. The librarians at your local public library can help you select new titles and authors based on your current favorites (think of a "More Like This" search on LEXIS). You can read book reviews in Booklist,, a magazine covering adult and children's books.

Or you can go with the old stand-by of reading works that have won awards. The American Booksellers Association maintains the website, BookWeb: Literary Award Winners,, which archives winner lists for several prizes including the Booker Prize for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. What about literary awards in the United Kingdom? The Book Trust,, maintains a website with links to such awards organized by subject or region (e.g., Irish fiction, Scottish works, and science fiction).

Enjoy your summer reading!

Legal Research Guides on the Web

by Jean Dart, Reference Intern

By the end of the school year most law students are familiar with the wealth of legal research help that is available from the Gallagher Law Library website.. If not, from the Gallagher homepage go to Research and select Legal Research Guides. The Gallagher reference staff prepares, and frequently updates, these guides.

The guides cover Basic Legal Research strategies, e.g., Computer-Assisted Legal Research, Research on the WWW, and a Statutory Research Checklist. Advanced & Subject-Specific Research includes guides for Federal Legislative History and a Finding Guide for Federal Tax Materials in Gallagher Law Library. International & Foreign Legal Research Guides includes the basics of research in Foreign & Comparative Law, as well as country specific material for selected countries (e.g., China, Japan, and Korea). Research Guides for the Public contains the recently updated Books Written for Nonlawyers in the Gallagher Law Library. Often these materials can be helpful to law students who are starting research on a new subject area.

For guides from other law libraries scroll to the bottom of the page to find links to the Seattle University Law Library,, and the Washington State Law Library, Seattle University�s Research Starting Points,, has several subject guides, including Primary Sources, Education Law, and Trademarks and Trade Dress. The Washington State Law Library site has information on several legal research topics, primarily Washington state law, as well as a guide to Legal Citations.

Also available under Other Links on the main Gallagher Law Library webpage is the King County Law Library (KCLL), Go to Research Links, and then KCLL Reference Guides, to find guides on Family Law, Residential Landlord -Tenant Law, and Traffic Infractions. There are links to the local courts of King and Thurston Counties and Seattle Municipal Court as well as links to the local laws of King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston County, and the city of Seattle. The Self Help section has links to information on Courthouse Facilitators, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tutorial, and a Guide to Representing Yourself in King County Superior Court. The KCLL also features lunchtime Internet discussions on a variety of legal topics.

Go to Other Links on the main Gallagher Law Library webpage to find the Seattle Public Library (SPL) website, This library webpage contains links to local government and community information, such as voter registration information. Finally, when you are tired of reading legal material, go to SPL�s Pearl�s Picks and Recommended Reading,, an annotated list of recommended books prepared by Nancy Pearl, Director or the Washington Center for the Book, who does a weekly book review show on KUOW, 94.9 FM public radio.