July 2013 Book Pick

bookFirst there was Trail of Crumbs, then Noah’s Wife and Outcasts and Anguished Hallelujah, Birmingham is truly home to some great authors. In June we will read another Birmingham author, this time writing about our city as well. Richard Jaffe’s The Quest for Justice, is sure to spark some interesting debate. See below for a review from Amazon as well as the two “almost wins”.

From Amazon:

Spotlighting sensational murder cases as well as his representation of the Olympic and Birmingham bomber, Eric Rudolph, here is the story of Richard Jaffe, the most successful attorney ever at exonerating innocent people accused of murder and wrongfully sentenced death row inmates.

Join Jaffe, a commentator during the O.J. Simpson trials and frequent guest on NPR, CNN and NBC. Follow him as he learns the truth about savage capital crimes, then through tense courtroom trials as he advocates for those who are literally fighting for their lives.

It’s a taut, suspenseful journey through crime and the legal process: murder scenes, courtrooms, judges’ chambers and prison visiting rooms. Hear how the death penalty is decided and administered. Peer into Jaffe’s soul and look into the souls, hearts and eyes of the men and women he has defended and those who opposed him in these battles to the death:

April: I Still Dream About You, Fannie Flagg

May: Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

June: Flight Behavior, Barabara Kingsolver

 

Near-Reads:

  • A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House- (author of Clay’s quilt):
  • Defending Jacob NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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