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Established in 2007 by the Leatherby Libraries, the Community of Readers is the summer reading program for Chapman University. This program is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Small Great Things

TitleSmall Great Things
AuthorJodi Picoult
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewWell written and considered. More than merely entertaining, the author takes a brave dive into the topic of racism, both implicit and explicit. It's up to the reader if she was successful.
Submitted ByRobyne Kelly
Department or MajorFood Science
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailrokelly@chapman.edu

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

An American Marriage


TitleAn American Marriage
AuthorTayari Jones
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewI liked this book until the last 30 pages. Then, it seemed that the author was struggling with a way to finish the book. I guess I was glad about how it ended, but by then I just didn't care that much. I was worn out.
Submitted ByRobyne Kelly
Department or MajorFood Science
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailrokelly@chapman.edu

The Woman in the Window

TitleThe Woman in the Window
AuthorA. J. Finn
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewDue to a tragic accident, Anna Fox suffers from agoraphobia, and sees the world only through her windows. Her days are spent drinking, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbors. One night, from her window, she sees a murder, or did she?
Submitted ByCathy Elliott
Department or MajorLaw Library
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailbias@chapman.edu

Brave New World

TitleBrave New World
AuthorAdlous Huxley
Call NumberPR6015.U9 B65 1998  
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewA dystopian future of Earth believes to constructed a perfect community. Everyone must believe in the system, where "everyone belongs to everyone." There is no such things as having one romantic partner. However, Bernard Marx is slowly coming to terms in realizing that life is corrupt. He goes on a trip to visit the savage world, and he returns with a man whose parents were from civilization but was raised as a savage with the mother. The book details the struggle of the savage adjusting to the civilized world.
Submitted ByCatalina Lopez
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcalopez@chapman.edu

Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time


TitleLongitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time
AuthorDava Sobel
Call NumberQB225 .S64 1995  
Location3rd Floor Science and Technology
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThe book details the challenges that many sailors faced in the 1600s due to not having a right calculation of longitude on a map. Sailing east or west was the easy part, but a ship steering north or south resulted in many guesses as to their time and location out at sea. The part that kept me enthralled was the competition that was  set upon inventors who wished to solve one of the world's greatest scientific problems of the time. It wasn't until the clockmaker John Harrison invented a specific clock did the world get close  to calculating longitude. The next challenge was testing his clock numerous times.        
Submitted ByCatalina Lopez
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcalopez@chapman.edu

Scott Pilgrim's finest hour

TitleScott Pilgrim's finest hour
AuthorO'Malley, Bryan Lee
Call NumberPN6733.O43 S368 2012 v.6  
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThe sixth and final issue of Scott Pilgrim focuses on the lead as he deals with Ramona having peaced out in the previous volume. He encounters his previous ex-girlfriends and finally realizes that he has been shirking the consequences of his past, which has inevitably stunted his ability to fully engage in meaningful relationships. This final volume brings closure (and understanding!) for title character Scott Pilgrim, but also for those who have read the previous five volumes and pondered how it might conclude. The last ex-of-the-week, who had been whispered about since volume one, is not a good person all around, so I relished his demise. I equally welcomed the end of this series.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Now having read volumes one through six of the Scott Pilgrim series, I don’t think it’s a must read, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless and a fairly quick read. The art style is a little too cutesy in some places, borrowing heavily from slice-of-life manga, but for the most part, it contributes to the overall tone of the story. Even though this was originally published in black and white, and while some may disagree (because some of the jokes land better in b&w), I would recommend trying to read the colorized version.
Submitted ByNatalie Koziar
Department or MajorLaw Library
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailkoziar@chapman.edu

The Story of My Life

TitleThe Story of My Life
AuthorHelen Keller
Call NumberHV1624.K4 A3 2003
Location2nd Floor Social Sciences
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThis book includes Helen Keller's journal writings, and letters written about her upbringing and receiving an education while being blind and death. Helen shares the challenges of learning sign language and eventually writing her own stories as she got older. I was fascinated at how far her education had thrived to allow her a chance to write her memoir so eloquently.
Submitted ByCatalina Lopez
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcalopez@chapman.edu

Fifty Famous People: A Book of Short Stories

TitleFifty Famous People: A Book of Short Stories
AuthorJames Baldwin
Call NumberPS 3552. A448 F54 2005
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewWonderful collection of short stories, all which have a great message. Each story ranges from a half page to 5 pages, occasionally with illustrations. The stories are fun and all about real people, whether or not the events took place. I'd recommend this to someone who wishes to read to young children, but any person of any age can read these stories and learn something valuable.
Submitted ByNick D'Andrea
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaildandrea@chapman.edu

Water for Elephants


TitleWater for Elephants
AuthorSara Gruen
Call NumberPS3607.R696W382007
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewI have been wanting to read this for a while now. Never saw the movie, and I'm glad I didn't because I loved the book! The story bounces back from the present of the old man remembering his days in the circus to re-living those memories. It was actually surprisingly quite heartbreaking in moments and I caught myself gasping at reveals. I adored the main character Jacob! You not only get a very sweet love story, but adventure, mystery and drama all rolled into one!
Submitted ByJami McCoy
Department or MajorAdvancement
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjmccoy@chapman.edu

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe

TitleScott Pilgrim vs. the Universe
AuthorO'Malley, Bryan Lee
Call NumberPN6733.O43 S368 2012 v.5
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewThe fifth iteration of the Scott Pilgrim franchise chronicles some interesting development between the two lead characters, as Ramona struggles to connect with the absentminded, forgetful Scott. This particular issue is an interesting one, because it showcases each character’s limitations in their relationships with one another. I can’t recall the Toronto landmark that appears in this one, but no doubt it’s there. Thoughtful set-up for the final volume…
Submitted ByNatalie Koziar
Department or MajorLaw Library
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailkoziar@chapman.edu

Scott Pilgrim gets it together

TitleScott Pilgrim gets it together
AuthorO'Malley, Bryan Lee
Call NumberPN6733.O43 S368 2012  v.4
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThe fourth book in the series is not super remarkable in my opinion, even though perhaps the most passionate of the exes is introduced. The lead character finally lands a job - only to lose it a short time later – as he meanwhile moves in with Ramona after his lease runs out. This is a good set-up for the last few issues, as we come to see Scott Pilgrim confront adulthood, and further parlay maturity.
Submitted ByNatalie Koziar
Department or MajorLaw Library
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailkoziar@chapman.edu

Flow my tears, the policeman said


TitleFlow my tears, the policeman said
AuthorPhilip K. Dick
Call NumberPS3554.I3 F5 1974
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewThis book reads like a lot of Dick's work, which is to say stiflingly dystopian with themes of identity and authenticity. This time, the protagonist is a famous performer who wakes up with none of his credentials and without the trappings of fame that he has become accustomed to. In an attempt to get his (very nice) life back, he must weather an underground he has never known.

In all, the book is very good and certainly thought-provoking. The presentation of that word is flawless in that it doesn't overexplain everything and leaves the reader guessing how things got the way that they were.

I wouldn't call it a challenging read, but it does force the reader to ponder many topics, including fame, genetic modification, technology, campus activism, racism, and most of all, authoritarian force.

So yeah, it's a Philip K. Dick story.
Submitted ByCotton Coslett
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcoslett@chapman.edu

Rich Dad, Poor Dad






TitleRich Dad, Poor Dad
Author Robert T. Kiyosaki
Call Number HG179 .K62 2000
Location 3rd Floor Business and Economics
Rating Recommended
Book Review Great read to become more financially savvy and learn about the basics. Definitely applicable to real life and recommended for anyone interested in basic finance.
Submitted By Joan Mountain
Department or Major Law Career Services
Status Staff
Chapman Email seguin@chapman.edu