What Are You Reading?
by Diane Murley, Northeastern University School of Law Library

Thanks to everyone who sent book recommendations for this issue. I think you'll enjoy these.

Annie Hawes, Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers The Italian Riviera Where Every Month Is Enchanted.

This charming book is a travel essay quite similar to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun. Annie Hawes's style is smart and funny and wonderfully descriptive of the traditions, food, wine and people of Liguria. A marvelous escape.

· Stacey M. DiFazio, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP


Martin Booth, The Industry of Souls.

My book group recently read this runner-up for the Booker Prize of a few years ago. On his 80th birthday an Englishman living in Russia is about to be visited by members of his family from England, who have just discovered that he is still living. As he goes for a walk around the village before the visitors arrive he remembers his imprisonment in a Russian Gulag for 25 years, and the friendships and events that had an impact on his life, both in the Gulag and in the village. He must also decide whether to go back to England with the visitors or spend his remaining days in the Russian village. It's a wonderful story and we all loved it.

· Sara L. Zagorski, Day, Berry & Howard LLP


American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.

Get a leg up on those nighttime crime investigation dramas like CSI and Crossing Jordan by reading the sole authority on death investigation. A simple, unassuming journal, the AJFMP presents a myriad of articles on all facets of forensic exploration: the gruesome, the outlandish, the simplistic and the sublime. For instance, I had never known that when a man is run over by a steamroller, his heart will almost always pop out his throat, it being the path of least resistance. Then there's the woman who committed suicide by cutting her left arm off with a chainsaw. Experts could not conclude why she did it. They did know, however, one thing; she was right-handed. These and so many more voyages to post-mortem adventure await you with but a single issue of American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology. You'll be smarter than the CSI gang and way more intuitive than Jordan with just one read.

· John Pedini, Social Law Library


Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.

I never would have believed that I would enjoy a book about the bubonic plague! The story is based on the real-life town of Eyam in Derbyshire which voluntarily isolates itself from contact with outsiders for a year in order to stop the spread of the plague. The main character, Anna Firth, is a strong, resourceful woman. I eagerly followed her every step and would highly recommend the book, even though the ending is a bit bizarre.

· Anne M. Acton, New England School of Law Library


Chris Sherman & Gary Price, The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See.

This is the best book about Web research I have read in a long time! The authors do a great job of explaining what the Invisible Web includes (basically everything not indexed by general search engines), and how a good researcher can find it. They also provide nice, basic explanations of how the Internet, the Web, search engines and other search tools work. They estimate the Invisible Web is between two and fifty times larger than the visible Web. The second half of the book is an annotated bibliography of Invisible Web resources. See also the companion site at http://www.invisible-web.net > (accessed Feb. 26, 2002).

· Diane Murley, Northeastern University Law Library


Elizabeth McCracken, Niagara Falls All Over Again.

This novel tells the life story of straight man Mike Sharp of the wildly successful comedy team Carter and Sharp. All the stock characters appear; every standard show-biz triumph and reversal, every Hollywood-script personal fulfillment and tragedy, follows in order as the years roll on. There is nothing new; there are no surprises. It isn't even an interesting or amusing life. And yet I could not put this book down. McCracken has written the narrator a voice which utterly charms.

· Susan More, Northeastern University Law Library

If you have read something that you recommend, send the author, title, and a few sentences about why you recommend it to d.murley@neu.edu. It can be a book, magazine, or article of any genre. When the editors send out the call for articles, I will compile the recommendations I have received into a column for everyone. Thanks for your help.

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