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…

REVIEW: “Game Love: Essays on Play and Affection” by Jessica Enevold, Esther MacCallum-Stewart

Game Love: Essays on Play and Affection, by Jessica Enevold, Esther MacCallum-Stewart McFarland, 978-0786496938 Copyright January 2015, Paperback, 284 Pages A mostly interesting and decent book exploring the theme of love in videogames. This book compiles a miscellany of material in varying styles and approaches in service to the subject matter of the book. The inclusion of moderate…

REVIEW: “Parables of the Posthuman: Digital Realities, Gaming, and the Player Experience” by Jonathan Boulter

Parables of the Posthuman: Digital Realities, Gaming, and the Player Experience, by Jonathan Boulter Wayne State University Press, 978-0814334881 Copyright December 2015, Paperback, 168 Pages Posthumanism and videogaming probed through the lens of philosophy and phenomenology. This episodically challenging read provides rather interesting and unique insights into the “machinic, posthuman” phenomenon and its play experience in digital play….

REVIEW: “Understanding Minecraft: Essays on Play, Community and Possibilities” by Nate Garrelts

Understanding Minecraft: Essays on Play, Community and Possibilities, by Nate Garrelts McFarland, 978-0786479740 Copyright September 2014, Paperback, 232 Pages A piercing intellectual discourse on Minecraft and its identity as a videogame. Beautifully written, this scholarly book provides a multifaceted analysis of Minecraft—its mechanics, aesthetics, features, value and applicability—and theorizes the game’s appeal, popularity, uniqueness and success. Organized in…

REVIEW: “How to Talk about Videogames” by Ian Bogost

How to Talk about Videogames, by Ian Bogost University Of Minnesota Press, 978-0816699117 Copyright November 2015, Hardcover, 208 Pages An entertaining book of videogame criticism overflowing with creativity. The author’s distinctive voice is unmistakably clear as the reader journeys through the discourse. Bogost eloquently and insightfully related videogames to realms such as history, ideology, gender, philology, race, and…