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National Library Week: 2021

Pence is Celebrating National Library Week with fine amnesty and activities that enter you into a drawing for Amazon gift cards and books

It's National Library Week! Welcome to your EVERYTHING library. We miss seeing our AUWCL community in the Pence Law Library, but our library faculty & staff are still here to support you from a distance. 

We asked our AUWCL faculty & staff to tell us how they've kept busy at home over the past year. Here's what they've been reading, watching, cooking, and doing during the pandemic. We want to hear from our students too! Comment on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages and tell us what you've been up to.  And tell us what you miss about the law library for a chance to win an Amazon gift card, courtesy of LexisNexis. 

What AUWCL Faculty & Staff Are Reading


1984 by George Orwell (Judge Acosta)

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Prof. Postar)

Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé (Rachel Gordon)

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Prof. Johhson)

Heretics (audiobook) by Leonardo Padura (Susana Castiglione)

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Kate Holcombe)

Memorial by Bryan Washington (Prof. Davis)

The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett (Prof. Rosser)

The Expanse (series) by James S.A. Corey (Prof. Effross)

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Kate Holcombe)

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Corin Stone)

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Prof. Roddy)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Prof. Kraiem)

The Summer without Men by Siri Hustvedt (Kate Holcombe)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Prof. Roddy, Prof. Wiredu)

The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosas (Susana Castiglione)

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Prof. Davis)

Short Stories

The Origin of Doubt by Nathan Alling Young (Shanique Carmichael)

Graphic Novels

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Shanique Carmichael)


I Can’t Talk about the Trees without the Blood by Tiana Clark (Shanique Carmichael)


A Promised Land by Barack Obama (Judge Acosta)

Eleanor by David Michaelis (Prof. Davis)

Feminism for the Americas by Katherine Marino (Prof. Saez)

Figuring by Maria Papova (Kate Holcombe)

For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe (Prof. Saez)

Free Speech on Campus by Erwin Chemerinsky & Howard Gillman (Prof. Rosser)

Heavy by Kiese Laymon (Prof. Davis)

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez (Prof. Saez)

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (Judge Acosta)

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris (and companion documentary) (Prof. Johnson)

The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han (Prof. Saez)

The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick (Prof. Farley)

The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman (Prof. Effross)

The Scent of Time: A Philosophical Essay on the Art of Lingering by Byung-Chul Han (Prof. Saez)

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Prof. Wick)

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper (Prof. Lewis Grossman)


Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson (Patrick Shaffer)

What AUWCL Faculty & Staff Are Cooking

Baking zucchini bread, banana bread, apple bread, banana apple bread, banana bars, peanut butter and banana bread, pumpkin bread, and zucchini carrot bread (Prof. Spratt)

Crunchy California Roll Sushi Bowl (Judge Acosta)

Fresh Spring Rolls with Thai Peanut Sauce (Kate Holcombe)

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (Aryan Kushan)

Homemade Corn Tortillas (Prof. Kraiem)

New York Times Weeknight Chicken Marbella (Prof. Postar)

No-knead Kalamata Olive Bread (Kate Holcombe)

Parsee Shrimp in Sweet-Hot-Sour Curry (Mimi Games)

Savory Plum Sauce (Prof. Wick)

Traditional Italian Dove Bread (Mimi Games)

What AUWCL Faculty & Staff Are Streaming

New TV Shows

Bridgerton (Prof. Davis, Chris Anglim)

Derry Girls (Judge Acosta)

Gentefied (Prof. Davis)

Ginny and Georgia (Prof. Davis)

Grand Designs (Prof. Saez)

Kim’s Convenience (Prof. Davis, Judge Acosta)

Letterkenny (Prof. Roddy)

Lupin (Prof. Saez)

New Tricks (Chris Anglim)

Outlander (Chris Anglim)

Queen Sugar (Prof. Davis)

Rebellion (Chris Anglim)

Schitt’s Creek (Prof. Davis, Shanique Carmichael)

Small Axe (Prof. Davis)

Supernatural (Prof. Spratt)

The Crown (Prof. Saez, Prof. Spratt, Chris Anglim)

The Flight Attendant (Prof. Spratt, Shanique Carmichael)

The Magnificent Medici (Chris Anglim)

The Queen's Gambit (Prof. Postar)

The Repair Shop (Prof. Kraiem)

The Undoing (Prof. Spratt)

WandaVision (Corin Stone)

Worthy Re-watches

30 Rock (Corin Stone)

Breaking Bad (Shanique Carmichael)

The Good Place (Corin Stone)

The Wire (Judge Acosta)


Coming 2 America (Prof. Davis)

Judas and the Black Messiah (Prof. Davis)

Just Mercy (Prof. Postar)

News of the World (Prof. Postar)

Nomadland (Prof. Davis)

Palmer (Prof. Davis)

The United States v. Billie Holiday (Prof. Davis)


Made You Look (Prof. Farley)

My Name Is Pauli Murray (Prof. Johnson)

What AUWCL Faculty & Staff Are Doing

Blogging (Prof. Effross): Governance Drafting: Practical Provisions for the Boardroom and Beyond

Napping, Peloton, and piano (Prof. Davis)

Skiing with my kids and playing in the snow (Prof. Nicola)


Very long walks with the dog (Judge Acosta)

Filling out the New York Times Mini Crossword Puzzle and Spelling Bee game first thing every morning (but after coffee!) (Prof. Postar)

I’m doing what I do most of the time, taking care of my kids. We returned to Colorado for the end of the semester both to enjoy the outdoors and to get babysitting help. The photo attached is from the road trip west. (Prof. Rosser)

Pet portrait painting (Jamie Katz) Jamie says, “Seeing people’s excited reactions when they receive a painting of their pet had gotten me through these tough times!” Instagram @paintingkatzanddogs