What Are Your Favorite Books?

Date: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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At CVLS, we love to read - fiction and nonfiction, legal and otherwise, books we find helpful for work - so we compiled a list of a few favorites from our staff. 

What do you like to read? If you'd like to share your own book picks, email them to ajohnson@cvls.org and we'll feature them! 

Margaret Benson, Executive Director
I struggle to come up with a list—I love books and it’s hard to narrow it down. For today anyway . . .

Sarah Hollibaugh, Volunteer Coordinator
My favorite novel is The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Generally, I love anything by Michael Cunningham. My favorite non-fiction gender theory books are Gender Trouble by Judith Butler and Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam.

Currently, I’m reading Middle Age by Joyce Carol Oates; a novel about a suburban town dealing with an unexpected death of a man from their community.

For non-fiction, I recently read Gaga Feminism by J. Jack Halberstam, which was a quick read, but a fascinating way to look at feminist/gender theory based on disorder and resisting what is considered normal. 

Matthew Hulstein, Staff Attorney, Chancery Court Access to Justice Program
Favorite books currently are:

A good book for work would be Getting to Yes.

Adel Johnson, Development Associate
All-Time, Desert Island Favorite: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The classic tale of vengeance and adventure! The mistaken identity! The hidden treasure! It thrills me every time.

Other favorites (at least for the moment) include Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne, The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, 1984 by George Orwell and White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Recently I read, and loved, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. 

One of the books I've found most helpful for work is Twitter for Good by Claire Diaz-Ortiz, which highlights various ways and benefits of using social media for social good.

Matt Pollock, Director of Communications and Development