The Handy Law Answer Book

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The Handy Law Answer Book by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Published by Visible Ink Press, April 1, 2010
Paperback, 450 pages, $21.95
ISBN-13: 978-1578592173

Combining practical legal tips with an exhaustive overview of the law in the United States, The Handy Law Answer Book provides a history of the U.S. legal system, including the personalities who shaped it.

Chapters include: The Bill of Rights (including James Madison's speech to Congress in which he argued for the Bill of Rights), Criminal Procedures, Employment Law, and Family Law. Through these, as well as others, you get an introduction to various laws, important cases, court opinions, and how they might affect you.

You'll learn how to find a lawyer; what happens when you file a lawsuit or are sued by someone; what your rights in the workplace are; and what you can expect when you have your day in court. Plus, you'll get tips on how to read those legal citations, as well as discover some fascinating--and quirky--legal cases.

David Hudson, Jr. JD, is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including The American Bar Association Guide to Credit and Bankruptcy, The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book. He works as a First Amendment scholar at the First Amendment Center and teaches at Vanderbilt Law School, the Nashville School of Law, and Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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Reading Frenzy:
Well written, informative and helpful. This is a book I definitely recommend.

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A Book Lover:
This would be a good resource for teachers to use in the classroom especially history and government classes.

Monday, March 22, 2010



A Place for Delta
by Melissa Walker
Reading level:
Ages 9-12
270 pages
Whale Tale Press
(June 1, 2010)


I am so pleased that very soon I will be launching a campaign for the middle grade read
A Place for Delta by Melissa Walker.

A Place for Delta
captivates, inspires, and empowers children. The novel incorporates current environmental concerns into the narrative of one family’s multi-generational adventures.

Eleven-year-old Joseph travels to Barrow, Alaska, the most northern town in the United States, to help a group of wildlife biologists care for an orphaned polar bear.

Stationed at a research center with his Aunt Kate, Joseph becomes a player in a complex web of mystery, scientific discovery and danger.

The novel is complete with a glossary and resource section which helps extend the conversation beyond the text.

While I write my press materials and get ready to launch the campaign, I am going to give away 2 copies of A Place for Delta! This contest is open internationally. To be entered, please leave a comment. Posts, mentions, and tweets about the giveaway will earn extra entries for each. Contest will end and winners will be announced Monday, April 5.

Good Luck!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Hmm. Now this is interesting. An article posted today on WorldNetDaily discusses how the majority of Americans feel History textbooks are too PC:

"Rasmussen Reports reveals a full 49 percent of the parents say most U.S. history textbooks are not accurate while 28 percent say most school history textbooks portray it accurately. Another 23 percent said they are not sure."

This discussion was started because the Texas Board of Education is meeting to determine changes for their textbooks. Since California and Texas are the largest consumers of textbooks in the nation, their conclusions have the potential to alter history books for the rest of the U.S. One of the issues they will discuss is using the term 'global citizen' instead of 'American'. (please refer to the
article to read the other points being addressed)

I know now that I don't agree with everything I was taught as a child. I was given a foundation. That foundation touched on some of the ugly truths of history, but promptly cured those ills with Disney-like versions of Babe the Blue Ox, Pocahantas, and Christopher Columbus.
As I grew up, I accumulated more context, learned there are several sides to everything, read more books, and understood a different layer of history with each bit of info gathered. I still continue this process. Our life experiences constantly inform us and our perceptions.

I don't have children, so this doesn't directly affect me, but it begs contemplation by everyone. I enjoy being an American and don't mind learning how I became one, historical warts and all. I also recognize the importance of living as a global citizen, but would I have grasped that idea as a child? I'm not sure. Is there room for both concepts? A Glo-Merican?

What is your preference for elementary level textbooks? How do you feel about some of the issues they're raising?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Red Carpet Treatment

How fun is this? The flagship Borders store in Hollywood is gearing up for the Oscars. They've rolled out the red carpet, along with some film related favorites. And what's that on the front left? Why that's a stack of Emmett James' book ADMIT ONE!