Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Wrap Up

Thanks everyone for all the great reviews this year! We hope you all continue to utilize the Leatherby Libraries throughout the year for your reading enjoyment. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions for the program. We hope you will all participate again next summer!

Happy Reading!

~The Community of Readers Committee


Monday, August 25, 2014

Without a tear: Our tragic relationship with animals

Title: Without a tear: Our tragic relationship with animals
Author: Bernstein, Mark H.
Call Number: HV 4708 .B47 2004
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Tear ducts in humans are different than those in animals: animals cannot cry.  If they could, Bernstein proposes the ethics of people would change and a reexamination of how humans and animals are valued would occur.  People would then willingly make changes in their personal lives to stop the gratuitious suffering they now unwittingly impose on animals. Berstein covers the areas of factory farming and animal experimentation (vivisection) without disturbing graphics, as well as animal law and the history of oppression for both animals and women.  Bernstein would like this book to be a "wake-up" call for humanity.  Oh, if only it were that simple!    
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Uganda Be Kidding Me

Title: Uganda Be Kidding Me
Author: Chelsea Handler
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Chelsea Handler's latest book is absolutely hilarious! The collection of travel themed stories begins in Africa and makes its way to the Bahamas, Switzerland, Montana, and more. Those who enjoy Chelsea's sense of humor will find it laugh out loud funny!
Submitted By: Ashley Kemp
Department: Law School
Status: Staff


The American Way of Eating

Title: The American Way of Eating
Author: Tracie McMillian
Call Number: HD 9005.M375 2012
Location: 3rd Floor, Business
Overall Rating: Recommended
Review: Well researched and fascinating book. From her perspective as a undercover reporter in farming, selling and cooking, it gives you a great view of the inter workings of the three businesses. It gives you food for thought too.
Submitted By: James McCulloch
Department: Facilities
Status: Staff/Administrator

Storm in the night

Title: Storm in the night
Author: Mary Stolz
Call Number: PS3537.T653 S76 1988
Location: 3rd Floor Muth
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: This was an OK book about a grandfather teaching his grandson about overcoming fear by concentrating on other things to take care of. Not the greatest story, but it was set in a rainstorm (no power) and did a pretty good job of immersing into that environment.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

The Times They Used to Be

Title: The Times They Used to Be
Author: Lucille Clifton
Call Number: PS3553.L45 T56 1974
Location: 3rd Floor Muth
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Painfully poor language, but they are trying to set a scene of life for black Americans in the mid twentieth century. Random plots make it seem like snapshots of the time. Freaky sub-plot about a ghost-nun who a crazy uncle keeps trying to give a ride to only to find she has disappeared. A wee bit Twilight-zony.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

Cross My Heart

Title: Cross My Heart
Author: James Patterson
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor Reference
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Detective Alex Cross is married to a detective, has children and a grandmother living in their home. Chaos ensues when their remodeling project opens up vulnerability for the family. A psycho has targeted Cross's family in order to teach him a lesson, that crime is committed simply because it can be done. Murders, violence, unexpected twists & turns, make this book a fast, suspenseful read. Wasn't happy with the ending. Well written!

Submitted By: Jean Lawson
Department: Center for Global Education
Status: Staff


The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor Reference
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: This is an easy and entertaining read, as long as you like a main character for whom logic overrides social convention. It's a romance with a twist.
Submitted By: Carolyn Radcliff
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

Title: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
Author: Dan Harris
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Review: Books about taking a new approach to your life and improving your sense of peace and happiness are a dime a dozen. Harris's book appealed to me because of his journey from skeptic to convert. In the end, he advocates a mindful approach to life.
Submitted By: Carolyn Radcliff
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff/Administrator

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Breath of Life; a series of self-treatments.

Title: The Breath of Life; a series of self-treatments.
Author: Ursula Gestefeld
Call Number: BF639 .G48 1908 
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: This is a series of treatments for [insert fears or needs here]. As the subject of this book is “New Thought”, these are musings / directions (not prayers, really) to guide and inspire the reader via their way of thinking; kind of a more-poetic pre-cursor to chicken soup for the soul.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher 
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

Born in Blood: the lost secrets of Freemasonry

Title: Born in Blood: the lost secrets of Freemasonry
Author: John J. Robinson
Call Number: HS403 .R64 1989
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Exciting, well written history of the Knights Templar. The author argues that much of modern Freemasonry has its roots with the Knights Templar as opposed to guilds of builders which are often spoken of. A great read using logical arguments to make his point.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher 
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty


The Templars : knights of God

Title: The Templars : knights of God
Author: Edward Burman
Call Number: CR4743 .B86 1990
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Good, concise, factual overview of the Templars and their history. Pulls from many interesting sources which bring the story to life. Good starting book for general Templar history, though can be dry at times.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher 
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

The Invention of Wings

Title: The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: This book follows the intertwined lives of two girls (one the daughter of a white plantation owner, the other her appointed slave) in Charleston, South Carolina during the height of slavery over a span of 35 years. The author explores many themes, including friendship, women's rights and equality.

Submitted By: Ashley Kemp
Department: Law School
Status: Staff


Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

Title: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Author: Diane Muldrow
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Review: What a fun book! It's a really quick read but every page says something to think about. Check it out and live a little.
Submitted By: James McCulloch
Department: Facilities
Status: Staff/Administrator

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bossypants

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Call Number: PN2287.F4255 A3 2011
Location: 2nd Floor, Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: I love a book with humor. I love a book that chats about life with a humorous feel. That's exactly what this book is. Tina Fey is an actress/comedian/writer who writes about her life on SNL, as a woman, dealing with politics, when she became huge for portraying Sarah Palin, and life as a mother. It's sweet, funny and a great quick read!
Submitted By: Jami McCoy
Submitted By: Advancement
Status: Staff/Administrator

Frog Music

Title: Frog Music
Author: Emma Donoghue
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Based loosely on the San Miguel Mystery, this is the story of Jenny and Blanche and their short friendship. Jenny was a cross-dressing pistol toting, bicycle riding young woman, while Blanche was an exotic dancer. The story revolves around Jenny’s murder and Blanche’s attempt to see that justice is done.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

The Book of Life

Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: In this third book of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, Diana, a witch, and Matthew, a vampire, face new dangers as they try to discover the secrets contained by the Book of Life, a manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, which holds the key to saving the three non-human races – Witches, Vampires, and Daemons – from extinction.  A threatening figure from Matthew’s past reappears; and Diana must learn to control her newly found powers in order to protect her family. This is a fun and magical read, but I suggest reading the first two books in the trilogy before venturing onto this wild finale.
Submitted By: Cori Schmidtbauer
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Thursday, August 14, 2014

10% Happier

Title: 10% Happier
Author: Dan Harris
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton Collection
Rating: Recommended
Review: It was great to see how someone in the media handles the stress of the job. Makes readers realize how important it is to make time for yourself.
Submitted By: Joan Seguin
Department: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator

The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth

Title: The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth
Author: Ian Doescher
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton Collection
Rating: Recommended
Review: Fun twist on a classic. Everything is better with a little dose of Shakespeare. Inner monologue for R2- D2 was especially entertaining.
Submitted By: Joan Seguin
Department: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator

American Innovations

Title: American Innovations
Author: Galchen, Rivka
Call Number: PS 3607 .A4116 A6 2014
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: This book is a collection of short stories, all with female narrators and inspired (except one) by well-known short stories written by men.  I saw a review for Galchen's book in the LA Times and found her idea of recreating famous works from a female perspective fascinating.  Some of the male authors mentioned in the review were: James Joyce, Haruki Murakami, Nikolai Gogol and Jorge Luis Borges. Unfortunately, I usually do not read fiction, so most of the literary connections were unclear to me.  Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed Galchen's writing style and her humor.  I highly recommend this book for any lover of fiction.  I would think it should be a lot of fun matching Galchen's stories centered on females, with the various male versions.
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Top Secret Twenty-One

Title: Top Secret Twenty-One
Author: Janet Evanovich
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Stephanie Plum teams up with special agent Ranger to chase down a Russian assassin and other ‘bad guys’ who want them dead. Stephanie barely escapes rocket bombs, bullets with her life. Two special agents, Lula and dogs aid in her rescue. Looking for a fast read and few good chuckles? Check out the book and follow Stephanie as she gets herself into more trouble, mischief than she bargained for.

Submitted By: Jean Lawson
Department: Center for Global Education
Status: Staff


The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Don Tillman is a geeky, socially inept professor who wants a wife. So he creates a survey to find the perfect woman. Rosie is a brash, fun loving woman who is completely the opposite of everything Don is looking for. The result is a wonderful romantic comedy.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

African-American Classics: Graphic Classics, volume 22

Title: African-American Classics: Graphic Classics, volume 22
Author: Pomplun, T. and Tooks, L. editors
Call Number: Graphic PS 153 .N5 A323 2011
Location: 1st Floor Graphic Novels
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: This is a terrific graphic novel filled with short stories and poems by a dozen early African-American writers.  The art work for each author is done in a unique style which adds greatly to the mood of each piece. Brief bibliographies for both writers and artists are also included at the back. This beautiful little book is a marvelous introduction to the diversity and quality of early African-American literature. I highly recommend it.
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Siddhartha

Title: Siddhartha
Author: Hermann Hesse
Call Number: PT2617.E85 S513 1951a
Location: 2nd Floor, Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Written in 1922, this is the story on one’s man’s spiritual journey. It is a wonderful tale of self-discovery and renewal.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

Monday, August 11, 2014

Midnight in Europe

Title: Midnight in Europe
Author: Alan Furst
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: This is a historical fiction spy novel set mostly in Paris, 1938, during the beginning of WWII. Cristian Ferrar is a lawyer who is asked by the Spanish Republic to assist in obtaining desperately needed weapons for the Spanish war front. The book is interesting but not a must-read.

Submitted By: Ashley Kemp
Department: Law School
Status: Staff

Johnny Got His Gun

Title: Johnny Got His Gun
Author: Dalton Trumbo
Call Number: PS3539.R928 J5 1988
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: This book explores what it is like to have both your arms, legs, mouth, tongue, and eyes amputated from a bomb explosion in war, but still have the ability to think. Luckily this book is just fiction, but I am sure it happens to soldiers all the time. This book will make you cry and realize that before we decide to go to war with any nation that we should be prepared to live with these results on our conscience.
Submitted By: James Taylor
Department: Credential Analyst - CES
Status: Staff/Administrator

A Handbook on Hanging

Title: A Handbook on Hanging
Author: Charles Duff
Call Number: HV 8694 .D8 1955
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: If you enjoyed the Juvenilian satire “A Modest Proposal,” then Duff’s handbook is for you. There is no way to take his strident invective as anything but a call for social change focused on the abolishment of execution. Consider this quote: “Is there a man or woman amongst us who can honestly say that he or she does know at least one person who ought to be hanged? As we look around our own circle of acquaintances and our public life, . . . does not the purely ethical case for capital punishment seem overwhelming?” Duff is scornful, Duff is sarcastic, Duff is outraged, and Duff is just plain wonderful. A Handbook on Hanging earns a coveted five nooses.

Submitted By: Lugene Rosen
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Lais of Marie de France

Title: The Lais of Marie de France
Author: Burgess, G. S. and Busby, K
Call Number: PQ1494.L3 E5 1986 
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Marie de France was a 12th century medieval poet who wrote about courtly love in the highest regard of medieval culture through lais, which are short stories that were originally written in Old French and in couplets. This translated prose version includes twelve lais and makes for a fun summer read. Themes of love, loyalty, and betrayal can be found in each lay. Some of my favorites include: Bisclavret–the tale of the werewolf; Lanval–a tale of how seeing really is believing; Laüstic–the tale of the Nightingale; and Equitan–a tale of how a bath can be deadly.

Submitted By: Cori Schmidtbauer
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff


The World According to Garp

Title: The World According to Garp
Author: John Irving
Call Number: PS3559.R8 W67 1998
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: I know I’m a little late getting to reading this book that most of you have probably already read, but I just loved it! We follow the life of T.S. Garp which is often tragic, hilarious, heartbreaking and oddly interesting. John Irving is such a brilliant writer. I found myself completely lost in the book as if I was a part of Garp’s life myself. Garp has such a funny dark way at looking at everything! I don’t want to spoil anything but the book ends by wrapping up everyone’s life so perfectly. I was touched and haven’t felt sad a book came to an end in a very long time.
Submitted By: Jami McCoy
Department: Advancement
Status: Staff/Administrator

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Johnny Carson

Title: Johnny Carson
Author: Henry Bushkin
CallNumber: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Based on what I had read about Carson before, I believe about 95% of this account by his longtime attorney Henry Bushkin. I feel that Bushkin inflated his importance slightly. Bushkin self-labels himself; Johnny’s ego picker-upper, legal advisor, enforcer, best friend and problem fixer. Because Carson was temperamental, a lot of problems cropped up. I learned the other side of the story about Johnny’s dispute with Wayne Newton (which Newton has told his side for years). Enjoyable read about the King of Late Night.
Submitted By: Linda Corcoran
Department: Anderson Center
Status: Staff/Administrator

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gone

Title: Gone
Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Review: This is another book in the Michael Bennett Detective series. In this one his family is in the witness protection program while he goes to LA to capture a Mexican strongman and drug dealer, Manuel Perrine.
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott

The Circle

Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Review: This was an interesting read. The "Circle" reminded me of Google and their current approach to dominating many markets. This gave me a glimpse into a possible future if we continue to rely on technology and information consumption. Even though I have grown up with technology and use it every day, this book made me think our instant access to everything might not be the best for our future.
Department: Social Media and Online Communications Coordinator
Status: Staff/Administrator
Submitted By: Michelle Leslie

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Author: Oliver Sacks
Call Number: RC351.S195 1985
Location: 3rd Floor Science and Technology
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: An enlightening and informative collection of case studies in neuroscience. Sacks' writing is accessible and sympathetic, while still providing important insights into the various components of the brain and how everything does--or doesn't--work together.

Department: Office of the Chancellor 
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Kristin D

Dracula

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Call Number: PR6037.T617 D7 1993b 
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: A literary classic and an epistolary novel, Dracula is written in the form of diary entries by Mr. Harker, who first meets and stays with Count Dracula in Transylvania on a business trip; his wife Mina Murray, who becomes the center of the plot; and Dr. Seward, who comes into the fold after examining one of Dracula’s victims. The infamous Dr. Van Helsing becomes an influential character, providing guidance and insight to the small band that endeavors to try to discover, capture, and kill the elusive, undead, blood-drinking vampire Count Dracula. This book is full of horror and intrigue with more of a scientific point of view rather than a romanticized drama as seen in contemporary vampire films and TV shows. 

Department: Leatherby Libraries 
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Cori Schmidtbauer

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gone Girl

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Call Number: PS3606.L935G66 2012
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: This book is an engrossing he said/she said tale about a woman who vanishes into thin air on her 5th wedding anniversary. The husband is the prime suspect, and his innocence becomes increasingly doubtful as more details are revealed concerning their frosty relationship. The book twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing throughout the story.
Department: Law School
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Ashley Kemp 

Mauritius

Title: Mauritius
Author: Theresa Rebeck
Call Number: PS3568.E2697 M38 2008
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Recommended
Book Review:  Mauritius is a wonderful 21st century example of excellent playwriting. Each scene is calibrated with just the right amount of tension and intrigue to keep the story moving forward. The characters all seem to be balancing on a razor, as they negotiate the power of a stamp collection. That’s right – this tightly wound drama is about a stamp collection, and stamps have never been more interesting or dangerous. While plays are meant to be seen more than read, this was an exciting gasp-out-loud page turner that I recommend to readers and theatre fans alike.
 Department: Strategic Marketing and Communications
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Rebecca Green

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Title: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Author: B.J. Novak
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Quick read with some really interesting short stories. Some of the stories are connected, so I would suggest reading them in order.
Department:: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator
Submitted By: Joan Seguin

Friday, August 1, 2014

By Its Cover

Title: By Its Cover
Author: Donna Leon
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Librarians beware! This book will strike fear in your heart. In Venice Italy, someone is stealing rare books and pages from books from the library. Add to this a murder, and you have a great mystery to solve.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

Outliers: The Story of Success

Title: Outliers: The Story of Success
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Call Number: BF637.S8 G533 2008
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: I've been trying to read more non-fiction and I appreciate the way Gladwell presents his information as a series of stories. Outliers really asks you challenge the way you view the concept of success and successful people. Even if you don't agree with all of his conclusions it will definitely make you think differently!
Submitted By: Kerry Ortloff
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Title: Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Author: Michael Pollan
Call Number: RA 784 .P6429 2009
Location: 3rd Floor Science and Technology
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: A quick read that focuses on food in the Western diet with a few pages of explanation, followed by 64 food "rules". Some of Pollen's "rules" are obvious common-sense but are presented with interesting details that make them fun to read. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in better understanding why and how our diets have become so complicated and unhealthy, and what to do about it.
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

China Dolls

Title: China Dolls
Author: Lisa See
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Helen, Grace, and Ruby meet in San Francisco in 1938 and form a bond that will survive betrayal, internment, infidelity, and show biz. While telling an entertaining story, Lisa See also offers a unique insight into a racially difficult period in the history of our country.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

We Have Always Lived In The Castle

Title: We Have Always Lived In The Castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
Call Number: PS3519.A392 W4 2006
Location: 2nd Floor Humanities
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: This story is told through the eyes of one of the Blackwood Sisters - "Merricat". Shirley Jackson is known for her gothic psychological way of writing and this is no exception. A chilling tale about a murder, the isolated Blackwood sisters, an uncle who survived, a cousin who comes to disrupt things and a town that hates them. I don't want say too much because it's a very interesting tale into the lives of the Blackwood Sisters!
Submitted By: Jami McCoy
Department: Advancement
Status: Staff/Administrator

The Infatuations

Title: The Infatuations
Author: Javier Marías
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Not Recommended
Book Review: While this book had an interesting premise, the syntax and slow pace made it extremely difficult to get through. It was a long, frustrating read that I do not recommend.
Submitted By: Ashley Kemp
Department: Law School
Status: Staff