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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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Friday, August 4, 2017


AuthorEdith Wharton
Call NumberPS3545.H16 S86 1998
Location2nd Floor Humanities
Book ReviewEach year, my book group reads a “100 years ago” book, meaning a book published – surprise! – 100 years ago. This year we chose “Summer” by Edith Wharton. This is one of her two New England tales, set in suffocating small towns. Her two main characters here make peace with that, eventually, in a realistic, if not rosy, way. The character of Charity is fascinating and complicated. She brooks no nonsense and dives into an affair even as she is aware of its potential consequences. Wharton’s frank writing shocked readers of the day, understandably. Do not be fooled by the romantic cover illustrations on most editions. There’s a lot brooding under those frilly frocks.
Submitted ByDawn Bonker
Department or MajorSMC
Chapman Emailbonker@chapman.edu

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