REVIEW: “The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction” by Neil Gaiman

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman William Morrow Paperbacks, 978-0062262271 Paperback, 544 Pages Predominantly entertaining and profoundly inspiring. Most priceless of all, Gaiman wows with his unorthodox perspectives rendered in lyrical and masterful writing one would come to expect from an accomplished author. This book is a hodgepodge of writings, speeches, book…

REVIEW: “How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up” by Emilie Wapnick

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up, by Emilie Wapnick HarperOne, 978-0062566652 Hardcover, 240 Pages A simple but profound book. Remarkably empowering and uplifting to the multipotentialite reader, this book creatively puts into context the seemingly unorthodox phenomenon of multipotentiality. Brimming with abounding…

REVIEW: “Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA” by Roberta Kaplan, Lisa Dickey

Then Comes Marriage: United States V. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, by Roberta Kaplan, Lisa Dickey W. W. Norton & Company, 978-0393248678 Copyright October 2015, Hardcover, 336 Pages The United States v. Windsor case—previously Edith Schlain Windsor v. United States of America—competently examined from a legal and anecdotal vantage point. Legal concepts and issues of the Windsor…

REVIEW: “Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations” by Brandon L. Garrett

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations, by Brandon L. Garrett Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 978-0674368316 Copyright November 2014, Hardcover, 384 Pages An absolute legal delight. Greatly comprehensive and extraordinarily fascinating, this book nimbly surveys corporate prosecutions and white-collar crimes. With trained focus on dissecting deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, the book…

REVIEW: “Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial” by Alison Bass

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, by Alison Bass Algonquin Books, 978-1565125537 Copyright June 2008, Hardcover, 260 Pages Greatly informative and factually useful. Set in the psychiatric drug industry, this book predominantly explores the theme of the ever consequential tension between the profit-oriented medical pharmaceutical establishment versus the issue of consumer safety….

REVIEW: “Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win” by Paul M. Barrett

Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who’d Stop at Nothing to Win, by Paul M. Barrett Crown, 978-0770436346 Copyright September 2014, Hardcover, 304 Pages An intoxicating legal spectacle with an extraordinarily melodramatic progression of events from beginning to end. Set in Ecuador’s unorthodox judicial climate, the…

REVIEW: “The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution” by J. S. Liebman, S. Crowley, A. Markquart, L. Rosenberg, L. White, D. Zharkovsky

The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution, by James S. Liebman, Shawn Crowley, Andrew Markquart, Lauren Rosenberg, Lauren White, Daniel Zharkovsky Columbia University Press, 978-0231167239 Copyright July 2014, Paperback, 448 Pages Exceptionally tragic and heart-wrenching. This book comprehensively documents an extremely maddening and painful case of injustice as facilitated by a flawed criminal justice system. This progressively…

REVIEW: “Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t” by Mark Geragos, Pat Harris

Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t, by Mark Geragos, Pat Harris Avery, 978-1592408443 Copyright October 2013, Paperback, 288 Pages An exceptionally entertaining book that beautifully concludes on an inspirational note. Replete with engaging legal anecdotes, this book provides a pricelessly candid look at the American criminal justice system. This book is…

REVIEW: “Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality” by Richard Thompson Ford

Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality, by Richard Thompson Ford Picador, 978-1250013927 Copyright October 2012, Paperback, 288 Pages This book is uncannily shrewd; it is in a league of its own with its plentiful offerings of unorthodox perspectives, profound arguments, piercing observations and refreshing legal reasoning. The prospective reader might need to perform mental…

REVIEW: “Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.” by Jeremy N. Smith

Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients., by Jeremy N. Smith Harper Wave, 978-0062237514 Copyright March 2017, Paperback, 368 Pages Absolutely engrossing, profoundly inspirational and a highly enjoyable book. One is left marveling at the revolutionary, formidable and ambitious Global Burden of Disease study, its extraordinary success, and its ingenious mastermind, Chris Murray. On a personal and significantly…

REVIEW: “Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life” by Adina Grigore

Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life, by Adina Grigore Harper Wave, 978-0062448910 Copyright March 2017, Hardcover, 240 Pages An introductory book on essential oils ideal for DIY enthusiasts eager to embark upon the journey of incorporating essential oils into their lives and revel in their own essential…