Alameda County
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Review: American Heiress 
ACBA Book Club

ACBA Book Club Review: American Heiress

Every month, a group of ACBA members gathers to discuss this month’s reading selection.  We alternate between fiction and non-fiction, and try to choose books that have at least something to do with the law.  We really do talk about the books – also, of course, we drink wine, eat cookies, and get to know each other.  Do you like to read?  Come join us!  

American HeiressAmerican Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin:  This fascinating account of the kidnapping of publishing heiress Patty Hearst, and her subsequent trials for her roles in bank robberies, kidnappings, and shootings, is a compelling read.  Some of us remembered hearing about Patty Hearst and the SLA on the news; for others this was a glimpse into a fascinating part of local history.  For attorneys in the Bay Area, this book is particularly interesting because of the many local characters and locations.  While Toobin’s writing occasionally was annoying (including heavy handed foreshadowing), the book is easy to read, and a great snapshot of an era.  Recommended. 

The next meeting is Monday, January 28th 5:30 at the ACBA officesOur next book is Salvage the Bones, by Jessamyn Ward. Contact Tiela Chalmers ( for more information and to RSVP.