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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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Monday, July 16, 2018

Heather, The Totality

TitleHeather, The Totality
AuthorMatthew Weiner
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewFrom the creator of Mad Men, this book offers a haunting view of a well-to-do family and their private struggles. If you were a fan of Mad Men, you will enjoy this quick story written like many of the show's episodes. Dark and haunting, the end will make you cringe.
Submitted ByJoan Mountain
Department or MajorLaw Career Services
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailseguin@chapman.edu

Anne of Ingleside

TitleAnne of Ingleside
AuthorL.M. Montgomery
Call NumberPR9199.3.M6 A556 1970
Location3rd Floor Muth
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThis is the 7th and last book of the Anne of Green Gables series. The first 4 were by far my favorite. You see Anne adjusting to the provincial life after being raised in foster home. Anne was always a character to be swept by her imagination. Now in the 7th book she's a mother of 3 and is experiencing the reality of a married life.
Submitted ByCatalina Lopez
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcalopez@chapman.edu

For self-examination and judge for yourselves!

TitleFor self-examination and judge for yourselves!
AuthorSøren Kierkegaard
Call NumberBR100 .K54 1944
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book Review"For self-examination and judge for yourselves!" forces the reader to reflect on one's beliefs, spirituality, intentions, and behavior, among other things. I thoroughly enjoyed going through this volume of Kierkegaard's writings. It was both challenging and refreshing in many ways.
Submitted ByEsther Shin
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaileshin@chapman.edu

Little Fires Everywhere

itleLittle Fires Everywhere
AuthorCeleste Ng
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewBehind closed door look at a midwestern suburban planned community---think Irvine if you could hear everyone's thoughts. Things get complicated when a vagabond artist and her daughter come to town and their lives simultaneously become entangled with the town's upper-crust families and working class residents. Thought-provoking and touching look at our expectations for ourselves and our families. I liked it even better than Ng's first novel, Everything I Never Told You. Great summer read.
Submitted ByCheryl Baltes
Department or MajorAttallah College
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcbaltes@chapman.edu

My (Not So) Perfect Life

TitleMy (Not So) Perfect Life
AuthorSophie Kinsella
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThis story is told from the point of view of Katie (or Cat, her newly adopted work name). She comes from a small farm town and is now trying to make it in the big city. However, big city life is not as glamorous as it seems, especially when you don't have the ideal paycheck to go along with it. The story is typical Sophie Kinsella: it makes you laugh, keeps you entertained, and has a pleasant ending.
Submitted ByMargaret Puentes
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailmpuentes@chapman.edu

The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less

TitleThe Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less
AuthorBarry Schwartz
Call NumberBF611 .S38 2004
Location2nd Floor Social Sciences
RatingNot Recommended
Book ReviewThis book was extremely difficult to read through. The author merely explained all these different kinds of choices we make with the most simple examples such as food. The book opens up with the author detailing how many crackers she can choose from at the market, and how there 54 options of bread including wheat, rye, sourdough etc. I would not recommend this book unless you like reading about how the kind of crackers you choose to buy can be an important decision in your life to look back on.
Submitted ByCatalina Lopez
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcalopez@chapman.edu

Mrs. Fletcher

TitleMrs. Fletcher
AuthorTom Perrotta
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewA funny and quick read about a middle-aged single mother attempting to reestablish her identity when her only son heads off to college. As with all Perrotta books, the story contains a hearty dose of adult content. You've been warned.  
Submitted ByCheryl Baltes
Department or MajorAttallah College
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcbaltes@chapman.edu

An Artist of the Floating World

TitleAn Artist of the Floating World
AuthorKazuo Ishiguro
Call NumberPR6059.S5 A89 1986  
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewJapan is recovering from the loss in WWII, and artist Masuji Ono looks back at the years he  proudly dedicated his art to Japanese war propaganda. But with defeat came a cultural shift where those who contributed to the imperialist practices from the war where shunned. Ono's past art pupils and other acquaintances avoid him to prevent their own reputations from being ruined, even though they were just as involved as he was.

The book is from Ono's point of view from the past and present. It was dull at some points because the plot vaguely mentions what kind of art Ono did during the war. But this is perhaps a way to express how no one wanted to speak of a war effort that lost. So many of the characters, including Ono's two daughters, hint about the past rather than speak frankly of how his reputation as a propaganda artist may have caused one daughter's fiance to suddenly cancel the marriage once finding out Ono's past.

Overall the story was slow, and I kept forgetting what I was really reading about because the main plot was only being hinted at. I had to keep reading the short summary at the back of the book to remember.
Submitted ByCatalina Lopez
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcalopez@chapman.edu

Point of view : American folk art from the William and Ann Oppenhimer collection.

TitlePoint of view : American folk art from the William and Ann Oppenhimer collection.
Call NumberNK808 .P65 2001
Location2nd Floor Fine Art
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThis book is a collection of images from the William and Ann Oppenhimer collection. It opening sections detail some of the stories that came along with the collection of the pieces for the collection. It presents a personal point of view, which comes off as refreshing and makes the viewing of the work enjoyable. This is a great little book for those who enjoy folk art.
Submitted ByNicholas D'Andrea
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaildandrea@chapman.edu

Friday, July 13, 2018

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Title On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Author Stephen King
Call Number PS3561.I483 Z475 2000  
Location 2nd Floor Humanities
Rating Recommended
Book Review Although a large portion of this book is dedicated to recounting his journey into writing, King brings together some of the best advice he's received through the years and how that advice translates to his novels. I hopes that some of the points he makes will stick with me when it comes to my own writing.
Submitted By Alya Hijazi
Department or Major English
Status Student
Chapman Email hijazi@chapman.edu

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle


Title Awaking Beauty: The Art of Eyvind Earle
Author Curated by Michael Labrie and Ioan Szasz
Call Number ND237.E19 A4 2017
Location 2nd Floor Fine Arts
Rating Highly Recommended
Book Review After viewing the fabulous exhibit of Eyvind Earle's artwork that is currently on display at the Hilbert Museum, I had to learn more about this artist and his art. The book chronologically follows his life and the various stages of his artwork, including his work on Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty. The stunning full-color reproductions of his artwork are beautiful to page through and they are often paired with short poems the artist wrote. I highly recommend this book for its insight into the life and work of a relatively lesser-known 20th-century artist.
Submitted By David Carson
Department or Major Leatherby Libraries
Status Staff
Chapman Email davcarso@chapman.edu

Facing the Music: An Irreverent Close-Up of the Real Concert World


Title Facing the Music: An Irreverent Close-Up of the Real Concert World
Author Henri Temianka
Call Number ML418.T44 A3 1973  
Location 3rd Floor Music
Rating Highly Recommended
Book Review It's incredible that a violin virtuoso as talented and well-known as Temianka could also have such a natural ability for writing thoughtful, intriguing, and unexpected prose. This book brings in anecdotes both big and small, fascinating and hilarious, about Temianka's life as a concert and chamber musician. You might not think the story of early-mid 20th century concert musicians would be such an adventure, but Facing the Music delivers 100% and immediately gives the reader a glimpse into the raw creativity and humility of a man building a career during a century of such chaos and innovation.
Submitted By Nick Dante
Department or Major Leatherby Libraries
Status Staff
Chapman Email dante@chapman.edu

Lincoln in the Bardo


Title Lincoln in the Bardo
Author George Saunders
Call Number MCNAUGHTON
Location 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating Highly Recommended
Book Review This was NOT what I expected, but I liked it! It's about Abraham Lincoln's son Willie, on the night he is entombed, and the spirits who help him move on to his afterlife. It's historical,entertaining, weird and a little naughty in spots.
Submitted By Robyne Kelly
Department or Major Food Science
Status Staff
Chapman Email rokelly@chapman.edu