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Book Review: The Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense

By Theodore Simon

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The Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense

By Andrea D. Lyon
NACDL Press (2018)


With accuracy and painstaking care, Andrea Lyon’s The Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense documents and probes the exceedingly personal and revelatory accounts of being a woman criminal defense attorney as told by nine accomplished lawyers in the setting of a symposium for a presentation for Woman’s History Month. However, the discussion never happened. But it did — kinda. This nonfiction plus fiction equals a new form of literature that is sort of (literary) legerdemain where virtual reality meets documentarian prose. Most of all, it is a true page-turner. I read it in one sitting (while taking a break from preparing for trial, writing and filing a 40-page federal presentence memorandum, dealing with a breaking death case, and an international double death case). Yes, it is that good.

Clearly this book review is in need of further explanation. The book reads as if nine accomplished woman

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