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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, August 14, 2014

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

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