Book of the Day: 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.
A gutsy (if egomaniacal) trial attorney gaining a $19 billion verdict against a big, polluting oil company has to be cause for celebration, right? After reading Paul M. Barrett's riveting account of indigenous Ecuadorians' lawsuit against Chevron, you may reconsider your kneejerk reaction.
Barrett recounts the rise and fall of Steven Donziger, an activist lawyer whose single-minded pursuit of "justice" for native Ecuadorians allegedly harmed by Chevron's malfeasance becomes just as much about him as about his downtrodden clients. Barrett follows Donziger's progress as he blackmails judges, writes statements for expert witnesses and parades his clients in native dress
Ivy Bestsellers - September 29, 2014
Well, this is becoming rather routine. Ian McEwan continues his reign over our bestseller list. Will a usurper be along next week to take the throne? Watch this space to find out!
Book of the Day: The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, by Graham Joyce
Given The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit's title, I was tempted to put off highlighting it until Halloween gets closer. But the more I think about it, the more this lovely, unsettling novel belongs to right now: the change of seasons, the shift from relaxed, carefree summer to more sober autumn.
In the summer of 1976, David Barwise, a naive college student, takes a job on the entertainment staff at a summer resort on the east coast of England. It's a small act of rebellion against his mother and stepfather, who want him to spend the summer working in the
Book of the Day: We Are the Goldens, by Dana Reinhardt
Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:
Nell and Layla are teenage sisters who share a secret. Told from the point of view of Nell, a high school freshman, We Are the Goldens will strike a chord with anyone who has seen a news story about a student-teacher relationship. The two sisters have always shared everything, even as their parents divorced. Now, Layla, a junior at the same private school, is heading down a dangerous path, and Nell must decide how to deal with the situation. Layla is having an affair with their young, cool art teacher. Should Nell