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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, June 19, 2017

Northanger Abbey

TitleNorthanger Abbey
AuthorJane Austen
Call NumberPR4034 .N7 2000  
Location2nd Floor Humanities
Book ReviewI picked this up because it was the only novel of Jane Austen's I hadn't yet read, and found it was a fairly light satire of the gothic novels of the day, a deconstruction and reversal of the romantic tropes of the time, and at the same time, a defense of novels against those who dismissed them as "unworthy" reading material. The story centers of Catherine Morland, a fairly regular girl who gets invited to go on vacation in Bath, and follows her as peer pressure, deception, and her own overactive imagination almost get in the way of finding a husband. If you like Jane Austen, you'll probably like this one.
Submitted ByKristin Laughtin-Dunker
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
Chapman Emaillaughtin@chapman.edu

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