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Posted Dec. 20, 2012

Law School Faculty Share Holiday Reading Lists



As part of an annual tradition, University of Virginia School of Law faculty and administration members shared what they will be reading over the holiday break.


Mind and CosmosCharles Barzun
Associate Professor of Law

I'm going to read the philosopher Thomas Nagel's "Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False."

Contact: Brian McNeill

Kevin Donovan
Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services

Lincoln"Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention," by Jay Dicharry (perhaps there is an anatomical reason for my astounding lack of speed).

"Lincoln," by David Herbert Donald (my favorite president, sorry T.J.).

Working with Emotional Intelligence

"Working with Emotional Intelligence," by Daniel Goleman (for an upcoming programming series – stay tuned!)

"Fanshawe," by Nathaniel Hawthorne (still trying to get through that Hawthorne collection I bought 20 years ago).

"Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment" (don’t ask).

The Art of PowerCordel Faulk
Director of Admissions

"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," by Jon Meacham (Someone has to say it … might as well be me. I actually did just get it yesterday).

Waging Heavy PeaceBrandon Garrett
Roy L. and Rosamond Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law

I plan to finish Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies." Then I hope to turn to Neil Young's autobiographical book, “Waging Heavy Peace.” 

Far From the TreeRisa Goluboff
John Allan Love Professor of Law Justice
Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of History

I’m reading "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity" by Andrew Solomon.

Medical Negligence Law in Transitional ChinaThomas L. Hafemeister
Associate Professor of Law
Associate Professor of Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

I just ordered "Medical Negligence Law in Transitional China" by Ding Chunyan.

The Passage of PowerA.E. Dick Howard
White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs

I plan to plunge into Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power," the latest volume in Caro's epic biography of Lyndon Johnson. I deem Caro to be one of the ablest biographers of our time, and in Johnson he has found a worthy subject.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Then, time permitting, I will read Anne Applebaum's "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-56." Having spent a good time of time in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, I am keen to see what Applebaum, a seasoned Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, has to say about the troubled years when that region passed into the shadow of the Iron Curtain.

Finally, for a complete change of pace, I will dip into Philip Pullman's "Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm," a reworking of the brothers Grimm's fairy tales.  Pullman, author of "The Golden Compass," is himself a master storyteller, and I want to see what he does with these anarchical tales.

A Walk Across the SunDeena Hurwitz
Associate Professor of Law
Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Program

I'm reading a first novel by one of our own — Corban Addison, "A Walk Across the Sun."  Corban is a 2004 grad of the Law School (his full name is Corban Addison Klug).

The book is a riveting and very real tale of two sisters who are orphaned by the tsunami in India, and kidnapped and trafficked in Mumbai and beyond. Corban spent almost four weeks with the International Justice Mission's Mumbai office, working alongside their staff and learning from them. They arranged for him to take an undercover "tour" of the brothels. The story of what happens to the girls is interwoven with the story of a young American lawyer who takes a leave from a Big Firm career to spend a year in Mumbai working with an organization combatting trafficking and attempting to free trafficked minors.

The book was brought to my attention by the Charlottesville Festival of the Book, in which Corban will participate this year — and he will be speaking at the Law School on March 20 at 5:15 p.m.

Our students have worked with IJM in India, Uganda and other countries. 

It's Even Worse Than It LooksAlex Johnson
Perre Bowen Professor of Law
Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law

The Twelve

I will be rereading Grant Gilmore's "The Death of Contract"; and reading anew Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein's book, "It's Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism."

For fun, Stephen King's "11/22/63," Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," Justin Cronin's "The Twelve" and Lee Child's "A Wanted Man."

The Tin DrumAnnie Kim
Phenomenology of PerceptionAssistant Dean for Public Service
Director, Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center

I'm reading Günter Grass' dark classic, full of dwarves and Nazis, "The Tin Drum."

Also from the mid-20th century, "The Phenomenology of Perception," a beautifully written work by Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

A Testament of HopeJessica Lowe
Associate Professor of Law

I'll be finishing Jon Meacham's "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" (it's excellent!), and starting John Fabian Witt's "Lincoln's Code."

I've also been slowly reading through a collection of writings of Martin Luther King Jr., called "A Testament of Hope."

WildKaren Moran
Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director, Legal Research & Writing Program

I plan to read "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed.


BruceCathy Palombi
Access Services Librarian

I'll be reading the Springsteen biography, titled "Bruce," by Peter Carlin.

On PoliticsGeorge Rutherglen
John Barbee Minor Distinguished Professor of Law
Earl K. Shawe Professor of Employment Law

I'm reading Alan Ryan's "On Politics." It's a comprehensive account of Western political theory, from Herodotus to the present, with valuable background on the events and circumstances that shaped the thought of major political theorists. It also has its share of gossip to enliven the narrative. It's great reading on a daunting subject.

PostwarPaul Stephan
John C. Jeffries, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law
David H. Ibbeken '71 Research Professor
Director, Graduate Studies Program

I'm about halfway through Tony Judt's "Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945."

The PatriarchThe Price of PoliticsGeorge Yin
Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation
Thomas F. Bergin Teaching Professor

I will be listening to "The Patriarch" by David Nasaw (biography of Joseph P. Kennedy) and "The Private Patient" by P.D. James.  I will be reading "The Price of Politics" by Bob Woodward and "Echo House" by Ward Just.