Below you will find a list of books and DVDs recommended by Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld. To purchase these items, simply follow the links to Amazon.

Books

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Books

Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguistic Programming by John Grinder & Richard Bandler

From Katherine:
“When I teach about visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning, I use this original book on NLP by the men who developed these techniques. A must read for anyone interested in this kind of information.”

Bernice McCarthy’s Books: Teaching Around the 4MAT® Cycle: Designing Instruction for Diverse Learners with Diverse Learning Styles by Bernice McCarthy & Dennis McCarthy

From Katherine:
“Bernice McCarthy is an educator whose 4-MAT system is the basis for all of my witness preparation work. She is absolutely brilliant and every lawyer who wants to increase his or her ability to work with people needs to read her work.”

Bernice McCarthy’s Books: Hold On, You Lost Me! Use Learning Styles to Create Training that Sticks by Bernice McCarthy & Jeanine O’Neill Blackwell

From Katherine:
“Bernice McCarthy is an educator whose 4-MAT system is the basis for all of my witness preparation work. She is absolutely brilliant and every lawyer who wants to increase his or her ability to work with people needs to read her work.”

Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen

From Katherine & Alan:
“For people interested in more details about actor training, these are the best books we know of.”

David Ball’s Books: Damages by David Ball

From Katherine:
“David’s books are all classics at this point – can’t imagine anyone trying a case without them.”

David Ball’s Books: Theater Tips and Strategies for Jury Trials by David Ball

From Katherine:
“David’s books are all classics at this point – can’t imagine anyone trying a case without them.”

Facts Can’t Speak For Themselves: Reveal the Stories that Give Facts their Meaning by Eric Oliver

From Katherine & Alan:
“Eric’s brilliant book gives you a very practical, hands-on guide to using his work during your trial.”

Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language by Kristin Linklater

From Katherine:
“This is the vocal technique that we use in all our vocal warm up and relaxation products. I met her when I was an undergrad when she was the voice coach of the Royal Shakespeare company. Alan and I studied under her disciples at ACT of COMMUNICATION®.”

Sense of Direction: Some Observations on the Art of Directing by William Ball

From Katherine & Alan:
“Bill Ball was our great mentor. He was, quite simply, brilliant. Some attorneys wonder why we believe so strongly in positive reinforcement in our teaching. They are especially astounded at how well it works with witnesses. Everyone who thinks that “wood shedding” and “boot camp” are the best ways for people to learn need to read the work of this great director to understand our stance on the benefits of positive reinforcement.”

The Playwright’s Guidebook: An Insightful Primer on the Art of Dramatic Writing by Stuart Spencer

From Katherine:
“This book is great – well, Edward Albee is quoted on the front as saying, ‘Indispensable.’ All I can say is, if it is indispensable for Albee, then it is indispensable for me. I don’t think I have read a clearer or more accurate description of the writer’s, the actor’s and the director’s processes as they work to create a piece of theater. I use it for writing my plays and it is always in the back of my head when I am working on a case.”

Movie Therapy for Law Students (And Pre-Law, Paralegal, and Related Majors): Are You Ready For Law School?? Prepare For Law School, Final Exams, and the Bar Exam by Watching Movies!! by Sonia J. Buck

From Katherine & Alan:
“This wonderful book is not just for law students – but is a comprehensive guide for all attorneys who love movies and want to learn from them.”

Shakespeare for Lawyers: A Practical Guide to Quoting the Bard by Margaret Graham Tebo

From Katherine & Alan:
“Ever wanted to have the perfect Shakespeare quote for the case you are working on? It’s all here!”

The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women by Rosalie Maggio

From Katherine:
“Wonder where I get all those great quotes by women? Right here. If you want to expand your horizons past what ‘coach’ says, here’s the book for you.”

George Lakoff’s Books: Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate—The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff

From Katherine & Alan:
“Two exceptional books about cognitive science that help to explain how people think about the world and how they make decisions. These are invaluable resources for the advocate.”

George Lakoff’s Books: The Political Mind: Why You
Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain by George Lakoff

From Katherine & Alan:
“Two exceptional books about cognitive science that help to explain how people think about the world and how they make decisions. These are invaluable resources for the advocate.”

The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor; Second Revised Edition by Sonia Moore, John Gielgud & Joshua Logan

From Amazon.com:
“The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor has been the soul of my acting teaching for 30 years. It is based on the later evolved vision of the great master teacher, as revealed to Eugene Vakhtangov and also to Sonia Moore, herself a master teacher. The approach here is clear and usable, and de-mystifies American pre-occupation with emotional substitution techniques dominant since Lee Strasberg’s distortions based only upon Stanislavski’s early work. This approach is accessible for young actors and is encouraging to the nurturing of their talent and development. It encourages emotional honesty without being improperly invasive, so it is good resource material for public school acting teachers and advanced students, as well as acting students from college to conservatory to proprietary school.”

The Art of Acting by Stella Adler

From Amazon.com:
“This second collection of Adler’s papers precedes the material found in the previous collection (Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov, LJ 4/15/99), ending as she begins text analysis. Here Kissel (David Merrick) has taken tapes, transcriptions, notebooks, and other sources to reconstruct an acting course in 22 lessons. What results is Adler at her strongest. Coming from a theatrical family and having studied with Stanislavski, she became an old-fashioned autocratic teacher determined to pass on the best that she knows. She was certainly the best of her generation. The lessons are graduated from very basic matters to quite complex issues of textual analysis and decorum. Though mostly monologs, they include enough exercises and student responses to get the flavor of Adler’s work. Some themes run through these classes: American culture is bankrupt, Lee Strasberg got Stanislavski wrong, and class and its formality must be learned in order to do major plays through the realist period. This is required reading for anyone interested in theater practice. Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.”

Poetry of the Law: From Chaucer to the Present

From Amazon.com:
“Poetry of the Law is the first serious anthology of law-related poetry ever published in the United States. As the editors make clear, though, serious need not imply solemn. Instead, David Kader and Michael Stanford have assembled a surprisingly capacious collection of 100 poems from the 1300s to the present.”

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MP3s and Audio CDs

May It Please the Court: Live Recordings and Transcripts of Landmark Oral Arguments Made Before the Supreme Court Since 1955 (with MP3 Audio CDs) edited by Peter Irons & Stephanie Guitton

From Katherine:
“This is a truly amazing recording. You can hear the greats argue before The Supreme Court. I listen to it sometimes just for inspiration. Every attorney knows that he or she stands on the shoulders of giants. These folks are giants.”

Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work 1886-2006 (Audio CD) by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, William Butler Yeats, and various others

From Katherine:
“I love this recording – it shows what poets intend (or intended) with their work. I teach with this recording when listening for inflection and orchestration (building ladders). I use Robert Frost when I teach – but sometimes I listen to Gertrude Stein to be reminded of what her real intentions were when she wrote her work. It is a great way to get the horrible readings from high school out of your head.”

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