Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Review: G-Dog and the Homeboys

G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles
by Celeste Fremont

This book is the story of Father Gregory Boyle and his work with the gangs. It is mostly a journalistic account, but the author does also discuss how her account cannot be wholly impartial, as after following Father Greg and some of the gang members for four years, she grew to care about what happened to them, as well as to want to alter the course of events in their lives for the better.
After reading Tattoos on the Heart, I wanted to know more. This book filled that role. I recommend it to others, but if you were only going to choose one, Tattoos on the Heart would be it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Book Review: Tattoos On the Heart

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Gregory Boyle

This book was written by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who began working, and continues to work, in East L.A. with gang members. He created Homeboy Industries which endeavors to give jobs and tattoo removal to gang members, in hopes of pulling them out of the cycle of crime, poverty, abuse, and gang-banging that they are in. It has proved to be a very effective model.

I put this book in my Kindle wish list after hearing Father Greg and a couple of homies speak at a conference on children's law. The presentation was powerful. I finally got around to reading this book, and am glad that I did. I'm not sure what took me so long, really. It made me laugh, and it made me cry. I very much recommend it.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Review: In Cold Storage

In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains
by James W. Hewitt

One of the judges that I regularly practice in front of recommended this book. It is set in the McCook area of Nebraska, an area that I am familiar with through my work. And several of the names of the attorneys and judges in the book are familiar to me as well. This book is a true story of the homicide and dismemberment of a married couple by another married couple. The story is sensational, and includes details of the flawed investigation. So fascinating that I'd recommend it to those even not from Nebraska, or even non-lawyers.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Book Review: The Racketeer

The Racketeer
by John Grisham

I really, really liked this book! It kept me guessing from the start to the finish. The main character is a lawyer who was wrongfully convicted in a financial scam, and is sent to federal prison. While there he gets information about a murder, and the story takes off from there. If you're a Grisham fan, you'll enjoy this one.