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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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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Title: Magnificence
Author: Lydia Millet
Call Number: PS3563.I42175 M34 2013
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: In Magnificence, Lydia Millett takes the reader on a ramble through the psyche of Susan, the narrator and self-proclaimed adulterous slut, who struggles to find meaning after the sudden stabbing death of her husband, Hal. Susan’s new life is a series of menageries, from the physical (she has inherited a mansion filled with taxidermied creatures) to the emotional (she creates bonds with a group of aging women who won’t leave her house) to the philosophical (her thoughts are like packs of wild dogs, snapping at the heels of the social norms). Among fur and bone and glass eyes, Susan comes to grips with her new life and the knowledge that preservation applies to more than the remains of animals; it applies to the human soul, as well.  
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff
Submitted By:Lugene Rosen

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