In honor of Banned Books Week — and our own Law Library Week — we thought it would be fun to share what we in the library are currently reading. We hope you’ll see something of interest here too.
Rachel Ashe, GRA
I’m currently reading We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch. I’m actually reading it for International Criminal Law, but have wanted to read it for a while.
Pam Brannon, Faculty Services Librarian
I’m reading The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. I’ve read everything else he’s written, loved everything, and this is the latest thing he wrote. And it’s been sitting around my house for months.
Meg Butler, Associate Director for Public Services
Katie Ginnane, GRA/Intern
Although I am currently only reading law school stuff right now, right before school got back I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover. The book covers a year of Ms. Kingslover’s family limiting the food they ate to what they could get locally. Ms. Kingslover starts a garden and raises chicken and turkey with her family. This book celebrates the miracle of homegrown food that does not come from a test tube or mass production.
Trina Holloway, Acquisitions/Serials Librarian
I am currently reading Redemption by Jacquelin Thomas. It is my book club selection for the month.
Nancy Johnson, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law
Try This: Traveling the Globe without Leaving the Table by Danyelle Freeman, 2011 (author is editor of www.restaurantgirl.com). The author covers the most popular world cuisines—how to order and eat them. Her point of departure is the New York City restaurant, where one can find just about any kind of dish as the natives fashioned it, from British to Vietnamese, including information on ingredients, ordering tips, and etiquette. There’s a good bit of research into what’s actually contained in dishes like mincemeat (dried fruit and nuts – no meat), Moros y Cristianos (Cuban beans and rice), and many Asian choices.
Terrance Manion, Director of Information Technology and Librarian
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, a graphic novel. I’m trying to show my son that the Pittsburgh Pirates were a competitive team and played relevant baseball in September at one time.
Kristin Poland, GRA
I am not currently reading anything but casebooks, but just before the semester started I read Waterland by Graham Swift on the recommendation of my sister, whose opinion I value very highly.
Deborah Schander, Reference/Student Services Librarian
I’m about halfway through Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. I’ve been working my way through her mysteries because they’re easy reading for the MARTA commute.
Meghan Starr, GRA
I am mostly reading textbooks at the moment, but when I get a chance I’m reading Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (the third book of his Song of Fire and Ice saga). My husband strongly recommended the series, then Martin was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 influential people, so I decided to give it a try.
Austin Williams, Reference/Student Services Librarian
Currently I am about 100 pages into Executive Orders by Tom Clancy. I am reading it because the series was on a seven year hiatus until 2010, and I wanted to go through them again to catch up with the newest novels. This is the ninth out of thirteen books set in the Jack Ryan universe.
Emily Williams, Library Technical Assistant
Betty Wright, Library Reference Specialist
I am currently reading Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable. I’m reading this because I am part of a virtual book club created by one of my favorite bloggers. For leisure reading I prefer books with African American women as the main character. Fortunately, this book has been a very interesting read.