Monday, December 31, 2007

Three books I'd like to check out

A U.Va. law grad named Kris B. Shepard has written a book called Rationing Justice: Poverty Lawyers and Poor People in the Deep South. The Daily Report has this review, which says in part: "Shepard uses the very different histories of the two largest programs in the region, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, to shed light on the diverse currents of the poverty law movement in the Deep South. The nascent Mississippi program was rural with significant African-American leadership and a strong civil rights focus, while the longstanding Atlanta program was mostly white, supported by the local legal establishment and focused on urban issues such as substandard public housing and predatory lending." The U.Va. Lawyer also has a review here.

Over the weekend, I saw the Booknotes segment on Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers, by Karl E. Campbell of Appalachian State, which has this page about the book. I guess I've got a soft spot for white-haired self-made story-telling Constitutional law experts from the rural South, or at least some of them, at least the ones from places that are west of what is now Interstate 77.

In today's Bristol paper, in the Bucky column of all places, is retold the tale behind the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which among other things tells of Michael Oher, now a scholarship offensive lineman at Ole Miss. This sounds to me like a book that doesn't just belong in the sports pages.

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