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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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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cress Delahanty

TitleCress Delahanty
AuthorJessamyn West
Call NumberPS3545.E8315 C29 1953
Location2nd Floor Humanities
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewAs a longtime Jessamyn West fan, I was happy to revisit this old favorite when a friend raved about it upon discovering it for the first time. West imbues everything she writes with a wonderful sense of place and here she is deep in old north Orange County, where I grew up, albeit long after the period of this book. What I hadn’t recalled, though, was that this book is actually a series of short stories. They’re connected, but each stands alone. Together they tell the bigger coming-of-age story of a young girl. I think this has been marketed as a young adult title, but I’m not sure teens would be smitten. It’s a reflective voice.
Submitted ByDawn Bonker
Department or MajorSMC
Chapman Emailbonker@chapman.edu

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