Friday, July 21, 2017

Praise

TitlePraise
AuthorRobert Hass
Call NumberPS3558.A725 P7 1979
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewIt’s been almost 40 years and half a dozen books since Praise’s initial publication but it was a real pleasure to see how well the poems hold up in 2017—there’s a timelessness to these poems. At times Haas can be elusive in his meaning—I think I read “Meditation at Lagunitas” five times over—but where evasiveness can be frustrating, in the case of Praise I found it compelling, even playful. I can’t say I know what Haas means exactly in “The idea, for example, that each particular erases/the luminous clarity of a general idea,” but in the same poem Haas provides his own clarity with lines such as, “Longing, we say, because desire is full of endless distances.” Haas’s use of enigmatic lines with ones of crystal clarity make the reading experience one worth digging into, keeping the reader turning the page. A fun read, with many lines resonating Recommended poems include “Songs to Survive the Summer,” “The Image,” and “Sunrise.”
Submitted ByDavid Krausman
Department or MajorWilkinson College
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailkrausman@chapman.edu

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The Long Way Home

TitleBuffy the Vampire Slayer - The Long Way Home
AuthorJoss Whedon
Call NumberPN6728.B84 W44 2007
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewI loved the Buffy TV series.  When I found out they were continuing the series as a comic book, I was all in.  I own every individual comic.  What I didn't do was actually read those comics. At first it was because I wanted to wait until I could binge read.  Then it was because life wouldn't let me squeeze them in.  Anyway....I picked up the graphic novel hoping to get on track.  Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the book!  It was a rehash of old characters and missing Joss' usually amazing dialogue.  Maybe I've outgrown that world - it has been 20+ years since it started!  Try it if you are a fan, but it's certainly not for anyone else.  (I promise this is my last graphic novel review unless the library gets Saga 7....)
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Falling Up: Poems and Drawings

TitleFalling Up: Poems and Drawings
AuthorShel Silverstein
Call NumberPS648.S5 CA47 2005
Location3rd Floor Education
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewSo I wasn't aware of the read a book in each library challenge - so here's my Education one! I love Shel Silverstein. Grew up reading his poetry and fell in love. This one is fantastic. A Battle in the Sky is one of my faves. Also loved Cat Jacks. I mean honestly I just loved them all!
Submitted ByJami McCoy
Department or MajorAdvancement
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjmccoy@chapman.edu

Casanova was a librarian : a light-hearted look at the profession

TitleCasanova was a librarian : a light-hearted look at the profession
AuthorKathleen Low
Call NumberZ665 .L69 2007
Location2nd Floor Social Sciences
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewThis book is exactly what it's subtitle says, a light-hearted look into the librarian profession. The book isn't terrible long and split into 11 chapters. The book begins with a list of famous librarians, moves into some facts about the profession and the remaining chapters are examples in librarians in pop culture. Chapters include librarian jokes, librarians in movies, and even a chapter on clothing and accessories marketed to librarians. This book is a light read and great for those who work outside the field to get a glimpse into it, but fails to give proper time to the profession and instead quickly moves into a series of loosely connected chapters which go on for too long. It redeems itself a little bit at the end, but overall I would not recommend it unless you wanted a light read about librarianship for the afternoon.
Submitted ByNicholas D'Andrea
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaildandrea@chapman.edu

Last Days of Night

TitleLast Days of Night
AuthorGraham Moore
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewEdison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the light bulb: Who invented it? Who owns the patent? Who should profit? Last Days of Night is a superbly written book that chronicles the legal battles between Edison and Westinghouse and gives us a rare look into the past and the lives of the men who shaped our present.
Submitted ByCathy Elliott
Department or MajorLaw Library
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailbias@chapman.edu

Saga, vol 6

TitleSaga, vol 6
AuthorBrian K Vaughn
Call NumberPN6728.S225 V38 2012
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewThe last book the library has available and I am already missing the story.  It's like the end of a TV season and now I have to wait for fall....
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Saga, vol 5

TitleSaga, vol 5
AuthorBrian K Vaughn
Call NumberPN6728.S225 V38 2012
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewThe story is back on track after the extra darkness of the 4th book.  
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Saga, vol 4

TitleSaga, vol 4
AuthorBrian K Vaughn
Call NumberPN6728.S225 V38 2012
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThis, the 4th book of the series, lost me a bit, but not enough to stop reading.  It was disappointing after such a strong beginning, but only a minor setback.
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Saga, vol 3

TitleSaga, vol 3
AuthorBrian K Vaughn
Call NumberPN6728.S225 V38 2012
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewBook 3 - the story continues....
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Saga, vol 2

TitleSaga, vol 2
AuthorBrian K Vaughn
Call NumberPN6728.S225 V38 2012
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewSecond book in the series and just as good as the first.  The story has me hooked!
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Saga, vol 1

TitleSaga, vol 1
AuthorBrian K Vaughn
Call NumberPN6728.S225 V38 2012
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewWonderful writing - story and dialogue.  The artwork is beautiful, but puts the graphic in graphic novels!  Very much adult content on this one!  I am looking forward to reading the rest of the story.
Submitted ByRobin Pendergraft
Department or MajorSCST
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailpendergr@chapman.edu

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lay Back the Darkness

TitleLay Back the Darkness
AuthorEdward Hirsch
Call NumberPS3558.I64 L39 2004
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewHirsch handles his themes as elegantly as he does his lines. There’s passion and momentum by a deft, graceful hand. The poems are engaging and complex, however; the beauty and complexity tended to keep me at the feeling of an arm’s distance. The vulnerability was certainly there, particularly as the speaker goes into the relationship with his father and religion, though said vulnerability seemed shadowed, or rather, skillfully scaffolder by artful craft. It was an interesting experience having something revealed, and gone (but not forever) with the turning of a corner, to appear around another corner, when you might not expect it. Stand out poems include “Dates,” “Self-Portrait as Eurydice, III,” and “The Widening Sky.”
Submitted ByDavid Krausman
Department or MajorWilkinson College
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailkrausman@chapman.edu

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Reformed Librarie-keeper

TitleThe Reformed Librarie-keeper
AuthorJohn Dury ; introduction by Richard H. Popkin and Thomas F. Wright.
Call NumberZ665 .D9 1983
Location2nd Floor Social Sciences
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewFirst published in the mid 17th century, John Dury's pamphlet details what purpose libraries should serve and how libraries should function. Dury, a Puritan intellectual, believed libraries should increase universal learning and piety of the communities it serves. The short pamphlet is an interesting look into early issues facing libraries at the time which are still facing some today.

The pamphlet, plus the introductions which contextualize it, provide a small peak into 17th century England but overall would not be terribly exciting for those who are not interested in library matters. Also, the way it is printed and the 17th century spelling of many words can make it a somewhat difficult read. Ultimately I enjoyed it but would not recommend it unless someone was fascinated by libraries.
Submitted ByNicholas D'Andrea
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaildandrea@chapman.edu

Trigger Warning

TitleTrigger Warning
AuthorNeil Gaiman
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewNeil Gaiman has a certain voice about him when it writes. Very direct.  Like a dark story teller.  I love it.  This collection of short stories is very typical Gaiman and his fascinations for Trigger Warning.  He also is so amazing at talking about the small details in things.  Puts you right there.
Submitted ByJami McCoy
Department or MajorAdvancement
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjmccoy@chapman.edu

I Talked with a Zombie

TitleI Talked with a Zombie
AuthorTom Weaver
Call NumberPN1995.9.H6 W35 2009
Location3rd Floor Film and Television
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewIf you are a fan of vintage horror and sci-fi, this collection of interviews will be a fun trip into the past. Two highlights are the interview with Robert Conrad, star of The Wild, Wild West television show, and James Darren from The Time Tunnel. Conrad's smug self-importance is a fun contrast to Darren's humility, yet both paint pictures of the heyday of sci-fi on TV.
Submitted ByLugene Rosen
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaillrosen@chapman.edu

DC: The New Frontier

TitleDC: The New Frontier
AuthorDarwyn Cooke
Call NumberPN6727.C588 D4 2016
Location1st Floor Graphic Novel
RatingRecommended
Book Review  Imagine being able to completely reinvent a mythology by yourself. That's essentially what the late Darwyn Cooke did with this book, a complete re-telling of the beginnings of the DC Comics universe. Set with the atomic age as a background, we see the golden age of DC characters meet the silver age characters, as the world stands on the precipice of a New Frontier (as quoted liberally from the incredible JFK speech of the same name).
  While the story reads like The Right Stuff with superheroes, it's the artwork that is truly the star of the book. Cooke's art style is absolutely rooted in the classic Jack Kirby school, but completely updated and articulated in ways that are hard to describe. Dave Stewart's colors pop (as always), and the story feels like it could've been produced in 1964 or 2005, when it was actually published. Even if you're not a fan of DC comics, do yourself a favor and flip through these pages just to see what I'm talking about. It's so rare to see something so rooted in tradition updated so beautifully.
Submitted ByCotton Coslett
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcoslett@chapman.edu

The WhiteTiger

TitleThe WhiteTiger
AuthorAravind Adiga
Call NumberPR9619.4.A35 W47 2008
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewTold through a series of letters to the actual Chinese Premier at the time, this is the story of Balram Halwai, our narrator. Balram comes from India's rural "darkness" and escapes his caste and village to become a driver for wealthy landlords and eventually a wanted criminal. Along the way, Halwai reflects on a variety of topics, including Indian culture, globalism, determinism, and freedom.
  The book is well written, and in a distinctly Indian dialect. It's informative and entertaining, once you become accustomed to the narrator's sense of storytelling. The story is harrowing at times, and darkly comedic at others, and absolutely worth a read.
Submitted ByCotton Coslett
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailcoslett@chapman.edu

The Bitter Side of Sweet

TitleThe Bitter Side of Sweet
AuthorTara Sullivan
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewFifteen year old Amadou and his little brother Seydou pick cocoa pods on a farm. They are trying to make enough money to buy their freedom and return to their family. Suddenly a young girl, Khadija, is brought into camp and the three of them form a bond. This is their story. A story of child labor, brutality, and finally escape.
Submitted ByCathy Elliott
Department or MajorLaw Library
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailbias@chapman.edu

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Shanghai Girls

TitleShanghai Girls
AuthorLisa See
Call NumberPS3569.E3334 S53 2009
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewThis is a story about two sisters born in Shanghai. We join their story when they are young adults in Shanghai in the late 1930s, just before WWII. The girls come from a fairly well off family, but their fate changes drastically when their father gambles away the family money. The story follows them on their journey from being models to being sold as wives to Chinese American business men to pay off their fathers debts. It is a powerful story of how sisters should stick together no matter what happens in their lives.
Submitted ByJessica Bower
Department or MajorLibrary
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjbower@chapman.edu

The Casual Vacancy

TitleThe Casual Vacancy
AuthorJ.K. Rowling
Call Number PR6068.O93 C37 2012
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewA gritty, reality check into the lives of people in a small UK town. They each survive within a thin margin of hope, happiness and income, sometimes of their own making. Most passages are dark and ugly, but scary real.
Submitted ByAnnalisa Goode
Department or Majorl
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailagoode@chapman.edu

Why Not Me?

TitleWhy Not Me?
AuthorMindy Kaling
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingSomewhat Recommended
Book ReviewThis felt like I was reading cotton candy. Pink and fluffy, cute with not much substance. While Kaling had some funny observations on life and work in Hollywood, it mostly just felt like I was listening to someone at a cocktail party. Enjoyable light read.
Submitted ByRebecca Green
Department or MajorSchmid College
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailregreen@chapman.edu

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

TitleAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
AuthorBenjamin Saenz
Call NumberPS3569.A27 A85 2012  
Location3rd Floor Muth
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewI love this book! I first discovered it as an audiobook because it is read by Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame. His reading was excellent, but when my audiobook was suddenly digitally returned the library at the biggest cliffhanger ever, I was over the moon to find this title at Leatherby.
The protagonist is Ari Mendoza, a 15 year old boy in El Paso trying to make sense of his world. He meets Dante, and the story follows the two of them figuring out who they are in a world that is mysterious, but sometimes unkind.  This book is achingly beautiful. I loved the characters so much that after I finished the book, I didn't want to read anything else - so I read it a second time.
Submitted ByRebecca Green
Department or MajorSchmid College
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailregreen@chapman.edu

Friday, July 7, 2017

Peter Halley : paintings 1989-1992

TitlePeter Halley : paintings 1989-1992
AuthorPeter Halley; curated by I. Michael Danoff
Call NumberND237.H29 A4 1992  
Location2nd Floor Fine Art
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewI read this book after a friend recommended I look into Peter Halley and his artistic process.  It was very interesting to learn about Halley's disillusionment with art school, and how his body of work heavily references other artists/pop culture.  Reading about Halley's approach to his art has deepened my appreciation for his work.
Submitted ByJustine Lim
Department or MajorInterlibrary Loan
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjlim@gmail.com

When You Are Engulfed in Flames

TitleWhen You Are Engulfed in Flames
AuthorDavid Sedaris
Call NumberPS3569.E314 W48 2008  
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewI loved this book. I found myself laughing out loud at everyday, commonplace stories told in a hilarious way. Sedaris is neurotic, self-deprecating, and darkly humorous, and I look forward to reading more of his work.
Submitted ByAshley Kemp
Department or MajorLaw School
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailakemp@chapman.edu

The Westing Game

TitleThe Westing Game
AuthorEllen Raskin
Call NumberPS3568.A696 W478 2003
Location3rd Floor Muth
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewThe Westing Game is a murder mystery involving the tenants of Sunset Towers.  This was one of my favourite books when I was in elementary school, and after rereading it as an adult, it is still as captivating as I remember it being.
Submitted ByJustine Lim
Department or MajorInterlibrary Loan
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjlim@gmail.com

Holidays on Ice


TitleHolidays on Ice
AuthorDavid Sedaris
Call NumberPS3569.E314 H65 1998
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewI love this book. I've actually read it multiple times and performed SantaLand Diaries onstage once. David Sedaris writes with a bite. He's hilarious and dark which is right up my alley. This particular book is broken out in different segments ranging from the Christmas Whore to neighbors battling each other over who does the holidays best. Gets me right in the mood for Christmas in July!
Submitted ByJami McCoy
Department or MajorAdvancement
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjmccoy@chapman.edu

Norse Mythology

TitleNorse Mythology
AuthorNeil Gaiman
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewI just saw Neil Gaiman speak a couple of months ago and he read a portion from this book. I wanted to run out and buy it but you guys had it! I love mythology so much and adore all the different stories. Neil writes in a total storytelling way. I felt like I was a kid on his lap as he told me exciting stories about the Gods and the Giants and the elves. How the 9 worlds were created and the great battle of Ragnarok. I got to hear takes on Odin, Thor, Loki and so many other favorites! This was a great read!
Submitted ByJami McCoy
Department or MajorAdvancement
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailjmccoy@chapman.edu

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Love Warrior

TitleLove Warrior
AuthorGlennon Doyle Melton
Call NumberMcNaughton
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewAt times sad, this is a realistic view of how some women (and men) struggle with themselves and in relationships. It is very well written, and who doesn't love an Oprah Book Club selection?
Submitted ByJoan Mountain
Department or MajorLaw Career Services
StatusStaff

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Cavendon Luck

Title
The Cavendon Luck
Author
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Call Number
McNaughton
Location
1st Floor McNaughton
Rating
Somewhat Recommended
Book Review
This is the third book in the Cavendon series. This is a series I would recommend for people who are fans of Downton Abbey. The first book in the series is set in Edwardian England and is also about a landed family (similar to Downton). This third tale in the series is a bit further in the family's history, taking place during WWII. It tells the story of various family members and how their lives are effected by war. The novel seems to be a bridge novel in the series, as it touches on many of the same story lines as the previous two novels. I am interested to see what direction a 4th novel may go in.
Submitted By
Jessica Bower
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries
Status
Staff
Chapman Email
jbower@chapman.edu

The Wrong Side of Goodbye

Title
The Wrong Side of Goodbye
Author
Michael Connelly
Call Number
PS3553.O51165 W76 2016
Location
2nd Floor Humanities
Rating
Highly Recommended
Book Review
This is I believe the third book of Michael Connelly's from the Bosch series that I have read and I really like this series. Harry Bosch is a detective. In this novel, he is working for the San Fernando Police Department and also working on the side as a private investigator. There is essentially two cases he is covering: one case for the SF PD that involves a serial rapist known as "the screen cutter" and a second case that involves tracking down a possible heir to a billion dollar fortune. If you are a fan of Law and Order I highly recommend checking out any of Connelly's Bosch novels. This was a particularly good one in my opinion. Also, there is a cameo appearance by Chapman University!
Submitted By
Jessica Bower
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries
Status
Staff
Chapman Email
jbower@chapman.edu

The Girl on the Train

TitleThe Girl on the Train
AuthorHawkins, Paula
Call NumberMCNAUGHTON
Location1st Floor McNaughton
RatingRecommended
Book ReviewThis thriller really kept my attention and the author did a remarkable job getting inside the head of a troubled alcoholic who is haunted by her past. The quick pace and mounting tension made for a great read that was somewhat tarnished at the end by the cartoonish, over-the-top dialogue of the villain once s/he was revealed at the end. I recommend it as a quick read, but am left wishing that the author had shown more restraint in the final chapters.
Submitted ByDavid Carson
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emaildavcarso@chapman.edu