EXPLAINING THE INEXPLICABLE

THE RODENT'S GUIDE TO LAWYERS

In case the O.J. trial hasn't caused enough embarrassement to members of the bar, here comes The Rodent to finish the job. The Rodentan L.A. (of course) attorney whose identity remains on deepest backgroundgained his reputation among his colleagues with an in-house newsletter. Now he's taking the law poop public. The Rodent will tell you ``everything you ever wanted to know about the legal profession but didn't want to be charged $250 an hour to find out.'' Beginning at the beginning, he informs us that lawyers are born, not made (rather than Cowboys and Indians, they play Plaintiffs and Defendants); he shares the secrets behind those inscrutable bills (a lawyer's hour is longer than 60 minutes); and explains law-firm lingo and ``law fibs.'' The Rodent is not imputing vile and mercenary intentions to all lawyers: He acknowledges the existence of a ``small percentage of attorneys whose purposes in practicing law are other than to become rich and contentious.'' In targeting his colleagues at the bar, The Rodent swings hard and without mercyhe must be one hell of a good lawyer.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-671-52294-9

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Pocket

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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