About the Community of Readers

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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, May 31, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo

TitleLincoln in the Bardo
AuthorGeorge Saunders
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
Book ReviewThis is one of the strangest books that I have ever read. The year is 1862, the setting is a grave yard in Washington. President Lincoln goes to the cemetery to say goodbye to and mourn the death of his beloved son, Willie. Little does know the odd assortment of spirits that witness his visit. The conversations and reactions of these souls make for a unique story.
Submitted ByCathy Elliott
Department or MajorLaw Library
Chapman Emailbias@chapman.edu

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Change Places with Me

TitleChange Places With Me
AuthorLois Metzger
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
Book ReviewA great read to help you remember what is important and how to deal with life's pain. The main character's journey shows how different is not always better.
Submitted ByJoan Mountain
Department or MajorLaw Career Services
Chapman Emailseguin@chapman.edu

Alexander Hamilton

TitleAlexander Hamilton
AuthorRon Chernow
Call NumberE302.6.H2 C48 2004
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewAlthough dense and slow going at times, this book is fascinating and highlights the often overlooked contributions of Alexander Hamilton. Chernow does an excellent job breathing life into this lesser-known founding father.
Submitted ByLauren Menges
Department or MajorLibrary
Chapman Emailmenges@chapman.edu

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Beloved Man: The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

TitleMy Beloved Man: The Letters of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
AuthorBenjamin Britten
Call NumberML410.B853 A4 2016
Location3rd Floor Music
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewMy Beloved Man is a collection of correspondence between British composer Benjamin Britten and his lifelong romantic and creative partner Peter Pears, a famous British singer. The letters, which begin shortly before WW2 and extend into the 1970s, are a glimpse inside an incredibly tender, emotionally-rich relationship that had to be mostly concealed from the outside world. For Classical music nerds such as myself, the letters are also fascinating for the amount of name-dropping and gossip involving the "who's who" of Classical music in the 20th century.  
Submitted ByDavid Carson
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
Chapman Emaildavcarso@chapman.edu

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 CoR Program Begins May 22

Hello Chapman University!

This year's Community of Readers program at the Leatherby Libraries begins Monday May 22, 2017!

It is time to visit the library and check out some books to start reading.

Participating in this program is super fun and super easy. Simply read a book in the Leatherby Libraries collection, write a short review on this blog site, and you WIN prizes!

1. Select a book from Leatherby Libraries.

2. Read the book during the program dates.
3. Submit a brief 2-3 sentence review to the Community of Readers website.
4. You're a member! 
5. Submit more reviews to win more prizes.

Please let us know if you have any questions email us

Happy Reading!