Carolina Law Library’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 8, 2023

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the book lovers in your life? Let our talented law librarian, Kerri-Ann Rowe, guide your shopping with her thoughtful recommendations that will appeal to all kinds of readers. Whether they want to gain legal knowledge, dive into history, explore food culture and politics, learn the story behind an iconic toy’s legal battles, be inspired by pioneering Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, or brush up on UNC-Chapel Hill lore, there’s a recent release here they’ll love unwrapping.

The Law Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (DK Big Ideas)

By: DK

For the law novice (or for someone you wish knew more about the law). The Law Book uses diagrams and illustrations to make the law accessible, presenting legal history in a digestible way for both lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia

By: Gary J. Bass

For the historian. Winner of numerous book awards and placed on multiple Best of 2023 book lists, Judgment at Tokyo delves into World War II, focusing on the post-war trial of Japan’s leaders.

Dinner with the President: Food, Politics, and a History of Breaking Bread at the White House

By: Alex Prud’homme

For the foodie. Dinner with the President shares the history of presidential diets – what they ate and what that food and eating style said about the nation. From George Washington to Joe Biden, the book uses presidential meals to highlight the presidents themselves as well as their place in history.

You Don’t Own Me: The Court Battles That Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side

By: Orly Lobel

For the Barbie fan. For anyone interested in learning more about Barbie (and the company that fought for ownership of her and the message surrounding her), You Don’t Own Me presents the legal history of Barbie, the court battles fought over her, and what ownership of a toy/idea can mean.

First: Sandra Day O’Connor

By: Evan Thomas

For present and future pioneers. Multiple books have been written about the late Sandra Day O’Connor, but First touts itself as “an intimate portrait of the first woman Supreme Court Justice”. The biography provides a detailed description of O’Connor’s life, starting with her childhood and using colorful and revealing stories to move through her life.

UNC A to Z: What Every Tar Heel Needs to Know about the First State University

By: Nicholas Graham & Cecelia Moore

A bonus book for every Tar Heel at heart. UNC A to Z is a must-read for every person who wants to know more about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With anecdotes, historical details, and all anyone would need to know about UNC, this book is a great gift idea for anyone connected to the University.