Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Flowers for Algernon

Title: Flowers for Algernon
Author: Daniel Keyes
Call Number: PS3561.E769 F5 1987
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Wow--what an emotional roller coaster of a book!  I find myself frequently revisiting the thought provoking and gut wrenching story of Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of 68 whose intelligence skyrockets following a controversial experimental procedure.  What follows is a beautiful and heart breaking exploration of humanity and the jumbled path of self-discovery.  
Department: Rodgers Center
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Ashley Bloomfield

The One & Only

Title: The One & Only
Author: Emily Griffin
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Not Recommended
Book Review: I was surprised at the story line and ending of this book. It was an unpleasant surprise considering I was a big fan of her previous books. I thought this book took an inappropriate turn into a strange dynamic of relationships.
Department: Social Media and Online Communications
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Michelle Leslie

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Son

Title: The Son
Author: Jo Nesbo
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: After his father's suicide, Sonny turns to heroin and ends up in jail. He is content to plead guilty to the crimes of others to ensure his drug supply, until he finds out more about his father's death. This knowledge sends him on a murderous spree to avenge the death and wipe out the past, but eventually the past will catch up with him, or will it?
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Matchmaker

Title: The Matchmaker
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Dabney lives and breathes Nantucket. She knows, loves everyone, and they love her. She has the gift for matchmaking and it works-ask the 44 couples. Her own love life is a bit of a triangle yet she works through it in the only way she knows how, with Love; a real page turner especially towards the end.
Department: Center for Global Education 
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Jean Lawson

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The First Phone Call From Heaven

Title: The First Phone Call From Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Review: I have read other Mitch Albom books that were more entertaining. The end did surprise me a little, but for the most part I saw it coming. This can be a good and quick summer read.
Department: Social Media and Online Communications Coordinator
Status: Staff/Administrator
Submitted By: Michelle Leslie

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Siddhartha

Title: Siddhartha
Author: Hermann Hesse
Call Number: PT2617.E85 S513 1951a 
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: On his quest for enlightenment, a young Siddhartha abandons  all material possessions and adopts the life of a wandering ascetic.  Restless and yearning to learn more, he later immerses himself in the world of the flesh.  Hesse's lyrical and poetic story follows Siddhartha's spiritual birth, death and eventual rebirth--I would highly recommend this book to anyone on a journey of personal growth and transformation. 
Department: Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Ashley Bloomfield

Someone

Title: Someone
Author: Alice McDermott
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Review: An interesting story about the stages of life and the role of family. Makes you think about what is most important every day.
Department: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator
Submitted By: Joan Seguin

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Title: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Author: J.K. Rowling
Call Number: PR6068 .O93 H426 2005
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: In this sixth book of the seven-book Harry Potter boy wizard series, Harry is sixteen years old and enters his sixth year of study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Together once more since the bitter end of the previous school year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue to battle their studies and exams while also experiencing love and relationships. Harry discovers a very informative and unique potions textbook, whose only clue about its previous owner is the name Half-Blood Prince. This year, Harry enters into secret escapades with the school’s headmaster wizard, Albus Dumbledore, to search for a way to destroy Tom Riddle, also known as the infamous dark wizard Lord Voldemort, and save the magical world.  As Harry comes closer to discovering the power behind Lord Voldemort, he also comes closer to discovering how he and the dark lord are connected.
Department: Leatherby Libraries 
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Cori Schmidtbauer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Author: J.K. Rowling
Call Number: PR6068.O93 H37 2008
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: The first of seven books of the Harry Potter boy wizard series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone introduces magic to audiences’ non-magical world. Initially growing up as a “muggle” (non-magical person) orphan under the unsympathetic care of his muggle aunt and uncle, Harry discovers he is a wizard at age eleven, and that a whole new world awaits him as he sets off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With the companionship and encouragement of his new found friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, and despite the antagonism from his archenemy, Draco Malfoy, Harry encounters ghosts and trolls, battles homework and exams, experiences the thrill of flying when playing the magical game of Quidditch, and searches for answers about his magical past.
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff
Submitted
 By: Cori Schmidtbauer 

The Ladies' Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames)

Title: The Ladies' Paradise  (Au Bonheur des Dames)
Author:  Emile Zola ; introduction by Kristin Ross.
Call Number:  PQ2497.A8 E5 1992 
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Every generation likes to think it's the first at everything, but this classic 1883 novel reminds us that clever marketing, branding and merchandising did not begin with the retail giants of today or even the Mad Men merrymakers of not too long ago. Zola's novel of class, romance and rising and falling fortunes set in one of France's first department stores is not just great reading, but surprisingly timeless.
Department: Strategic Marketing and Communications
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Dawn Bonker

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

Title: Mr. Mercedes: A Novel
Author: Stephen King
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Mr. Mercedes follows the merging storylines of its main characters: the driver of a stolen car who plowed through a crowd waiting to attend a job fair and the now-retired police officer who was unable to solve the crime before retiring. As always, the dialog is dynamic, but there is a slightness to this book that isn’t apparent in King’s usual work. The plot barrels along with the speed of a car on the autobahn, but the finish line becomes obvious too soon for complete satisfaction.
Department: Leatherby Libraries 
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Lugene Rosen

Uganda Be Kidding Me

Title: Uganda Be Kidding Me
Author: Chelsea Handler
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Overall Rating: Recommended
Review: A witty view on travelling, spending time with friends, and making the most out of life. Handler takes you around the world with her humor.
Department: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator
Submitted by: Joan Seguin

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Title: One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
Author: B.J. Novak
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: B.J. Novak is a television writer and actor and a comedian. The pieces in his book range in length from one paragraph to several pages, and range in quality from amusing to boring. The book is worth picking up for some quick diversion.
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Carolyn Radcliff

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Title: The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
Author: Alan Bradley
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: This book is part of the Flavia de Luce detective series by Alan Bradley. The scene is set in England, 1951, with 11-year old Flavia and her family awaiting the return of her missing mother. Flavia is a delightfully precocious character who uses chemistry and reasoning to solve a who-done-it family mystery.
Department: Law School
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Ashley Kemp

The Book Thief

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Call Number: PR9619.4.Z87 B66 2006
Location: 3rd Floor Muth
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Written from the perspective of Death, this book follows the story of Liesel, a young German girl who uses the power of words to survive the horrors of World War II.  Markus Zusak's innovative use of language helps create an emotionally immersive world; I admit that I may have had "dust in my eyes" during a couple of particularly poignant moments.  My only critique is that some of the themes might come across a bit heavy-handed because the book was written for a younger audience. 
Department: Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education
Status: Staff
Submitted By: Ashley Bloomfield