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Professors' Book Selections

All book descriptions are taken from information provided by the the publisher. 

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Tom's River - Dan Fagin
Call Number: Available at UT Libraries
Selection of Professor David E. Adelman and Professor Kelly L. Haragan

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Tom's River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action.

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
Call Number: HD 6054.3 S265 2013
Also held by UT Libraries

Selection of Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Elizabeth T. Bangs and Director of Academic Advising Brandi L. Welch

This work examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

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The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You - Eli Pariser
Call Number: Available at UT Libraries
Selection of Professor Barbara A. Bintliff

In this engaging and visionary book, board president Eli Pariser lays bare the personalization that is taking place on every major website. As Pariser reveals, this new trend is nothing short of an invisible revolution in how we consume information, one that will shape how we learn, what we know, and even how our democracy works.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
Call Number: RC 265.6 L33 S55 2011
Also held by UT Libraries and as an e-book

Selection of Professor Lynn E. Blais

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.

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Zeitoun - Dave Eggers
Call Number: Available at UT Libraries
Selection of Professor Robert G. Bone

As Hurricane Katrina blew in, the city of New Orleans had been abandoned by most citizens. Abdulrahman Zeitoun refused to leave. But eventually he came to the attention of those 'guarding' this drowned city. "Zeitoun" is the powerful, ultimately uplifting true story of one man's courage.

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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth - Mark Mazzetti
Call Number: UA 23 M19 2013
Also held by UT Libraries
Selection of Professor Robert M. Chesney

The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. This is the untold story of that shadow war: a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe.

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Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court - Amy Bach
Call Number: KF 9223 B23 2009
Also held by UT Libraries

Selection of Professor Mary R. Crouter and Director of Pro Bono Programs Andrea Marsh

In 1949, a white seventeen-year-old girl cried rape and the KKK rolled into a Florida town. So began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," into the fray. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader against a heroic backdrop.

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Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much - Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
Call Number: Available at UT Libraries
Selection of Professor Mechele Dickerson

A surprising and intriguing examination of how scarcity—and our flawed responses to it—shapes our lives, our society, and our culture. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need.

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The Vanishing American Lawyer - Thomas D. Morgan
Call Number: KF 300 M67 2010
Selection of Professor John S. Dzienkowski and Professor Robert J. Peroni

Over 4,000 lawyers lost their positions at major American law firms in 2008 and 2009. Professor Morgan discusses the legal profession and the need for both law students and lawyers to adapt to the needs and expectations of clients in the future.

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Enrique's Journey - Sonia Nazario
Call Number: Available at UT Libraries
Selection of Professor Denise L. Gilman

Based on the Los Angeles Times series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this is a timeless story of families torn apart. When Enrique was five, his mother, too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the United States. After eleven years, he decided he would go find her. It is an epic journey, one thousands of children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

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Thinking Like a Lawyer: A New Introduction to Legal Reasoning - Frederick Schauer
Call Number: K 212 S325 2009
Selection of Professor John M. Golden

This is an original exposition of basic legal concepts that scholars and lawyers will find stimulating. It covers such topics as rules, precedent, authority, analogical reasoning, the common law, statutory interpretation, legal realism, judicial opinions, legal facts, and burden of proof. In addressing the question whether legal reasoning is distinctive, Schauer emphasizes the formality and rule-dependence of law.

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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State - Glenn Greenwald
Call Number: Available at Austin Public Library
Selection of Professor Derek P. Jinks

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy.

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Righteous Anger at the Wicked States - Calvin Johnson
Call Number: KF 4541 J64 2005
E-Book also available; also held by UT Libraries

Selection of Professor Calvin H. Johnson

This book is a history that explains the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in terms of what the proponents of the Constitution were trying to accomplish. The most pressing need was to allow the federal government to tax to pay off the Revolutionary War debts. In the next war, the United States would need to borrow again.

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In the Bedroom - Andre Dubus
Call Number: Available at Austin Public Library
Selection of Professor Sanford V. Levinson

Culled from Dubus’s treasured collections Selected Stories and Dancing After Hours, these beautiful stories of people at pivotal moments in their lives are some of the most bewitching and profound in American fiction.

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Anonymous Lawyer: A Novel - Jeremy Blachman
Call Number: PS 3602 L23 A56 2006
E-Book also available

Selection of Professor Jeana A. Lungwitz

Meet Anonymous Lawyer. The summer's about to start, and he's got a new crop of interns. But he's also got a few things bothering him: The Jerk, his bitter rival, is determined to beat him out for the chairman's job. And Anonymous Wife is spending his money as fast as he can make it. And there's that secret blog he's writing . . . until he gets an e-mail from someone who knows he's its author.

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Burning Down the House: the End Juvenile Prison - Nell Bernstein
Call Number: Available at Austin Public Library
Selection of Professor Ranjana Natarajan and Senior Research Attorney Helen Gaebler

One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centers that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child.

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Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance - Atul Gawande
Call Number: Available at UT Libraries
E-Book also available

Selection of Professor William Sage

A surgeon and an assistant professor of public health, Dr. Atul Gawande succeeds in putting a human face on controversial topics like malpractice and global disparities in medical care, while taking an unflinching look at his own failings as a doctor.

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The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
Call Number: LPOP: PS 3552 E773 D45
Also held by UT Libraries
Selection of Professor Jay L. Westbrook

In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in 70 years: murder. Reich murders his rival and bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks. But while police prefect Lincoln Powell knows Reich is guilty, his telepath's knowledge is a far cry from admissible evidence.

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