Thursday, August 28, 2014

2014 Wrap Up

Thanks everyone for all the great reviews this year! We hope you all continue to utilize the Leatherby Libraries throughout the year for your reading enjoyment. Please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions for the program. We hope you will all participate again next summer!

Happy Reading!

~The Community of Readers Committee


Monday, August 25, 2014

Without a tear: Our tragic relationship with animals

Title: Without a tear: Our tragic relationship with animals
Author: Bernstein, Mark H.
Call Number: HV 4708 .B47 2004
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Tear ducts in humans are different than those in animals: animals cannot cry.  If they could, Bernstein proposes the ethics of people would change and a reexamination of how humans and animals are valued would occur.  People would then willingly make changes in their personal lives to stop the gratuitious suffering they now unwittingly impose on animals. Berstein covers the areas of factory farming and animal experimentation (vivisection) without disturbing graphics, as well as animal law and the history of oppression for both animals and women.  Bernstein would like this book to be a "wake-up" call for humanity.  Oh, if only it were that simple!    
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Uganda Be Kidding Me

Title: Uganda Be Kidding Me
Author: Chelsea Handler
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Chelsea Handler's latest book is absolutely hilarious! The collection of travel themed stories begins in Africa and makes its way to the Bahamas, Switzerland, Montana, and more. Those who enjoy Chelsea's sense of humor will find it laugh out loud funny!
Submitted By: Ashley Kemp
Department: Law School
Status: Staff


The American Way of Eating

Title: The American Way of Eating
Author: Tracie McMillian
Call Number: HD 9005.M375 2012
Location: 3rd Floor, Business
Overall Rating: Recommended
Review: Well researched and fascinating book. From her perspective as a undercover reporter in farming, selling and cooking, it gives you a great view of the inter workings of the three businesses. It gives you food for thought too.
Submitted By: James McCulloch
Department: Facilities
Status: Staff/Administrator

Storm in the night

Title: Storm in the night
Author: Mary Stolz
Call Number: PS3537.T653 S76 1988
Location: 3rd Floor Muth
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: This was an OK book about a grandfather teaching his grandson about overcoming fear by concentrating on other things to take care of. Not the greatest story, but it was set in a rainstorm (no power) and did a pretty good job of immersing into that environment.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

The Times They Used to Be

Title: The Times They Used to Be
Author: Lucille Clifton
Call Number: PS3553.L45 T56 1974
Location: 3rd Floor Muth
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Painfully poor language, but they are trying to set a scene of life for black Americans in the mid twentieth century. Random plots make it seem like snapshots of the time. Freaky sub-plot about a ghost-nun who a crazy uncle keeps trying to give a ride to only to find she has disappeared. A wee bit Twilight-zony.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

Cross My Heart

Title: Cross My Heart
Author: James Patterson
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor Reference
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Detective Alex Cross is married to a detective, has children and a grandmother living in their home. Chaos ensues when their remodeling project opens up vulnerability for the family. A psycho has targeted Cross's family in order to teach him a lesson, that crime is committed simply because it can be done. Murders, violence, unexpected twists & turns, make this book a fast, suspenseful read. Wasn't happy with the ending. Well written!

Submitted By: Jean Lawson
Department: Center for Global Education
Status: Staff


The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor Reference
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: This is an easy and entertaining read, as long as you like a main character for whom logic overrides social convention. It's a romance with a twist.
Submitted By: Carolyn Radcliff
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

Title: 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
Author: Dan Harris
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Review: Books about taking a new approach to your life and improving your sense of peace and happiness are a dime a dozen. Harris's book appealed to me because of his journey from skeptic to convert. In the end, he advocates a mindful approach to life.
Submitted By: Carolyn Radcliff
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff/Administrator

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Breath of Life; a series of self-treatments.

Title: The Breath of Life; a series of self-treatments.
Author: Ursula Gestefeld
Call Number: BF639 .G48 1908 
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Somewhat Recommended
Book Review: This is a series of treatments for [insert fears or needs here]. As the subject of this book is “New Thought”, these are musings / directions (not prayers, really) to guide and inspire the reader via their way of thinking; kind of a more-poetic pre-cursor to chicken soup for the soul.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher 
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

Born in Blood: the lost secrets of Freemasonry

Title: Born in Blood: the lost secrets of Freemasonry
Author: John J. Robinson
Call Number: HS403 .R64 1989
Location: 2nd Floor Social Sciences
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: Exciting, well written history of the Knights Templar. The author argues that much of modern Freemasonry has its roots with the Knights Templar as opposed to guilds of builders which are often spoken of. A great read using logical arguments to make his point.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher 
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty


The Templars : knights of God

Title: The Templars : knights of God
Author: Edward Burman
Call Number: CR4743 .B86 1990
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Good, concise, factual overview of the Templars and their history. Pulls from many interesting sources which bring the story to life. Good starting book for general Templar history, though can be dry at times.

Submitted By: Brett Fisher 
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Faculty

The Invention of Wings

Title: The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: This book follows the intertwined lives of two girls (one the daughter of a white plantation owner, the other her appointed slave) in Charleston, South Carolina during the height of slavery over a span of 35 years. The author explores many themes, including friendship, women's rights and equality.

Submitted By: Ashley Kemp
Department: Law School
Status: Staff


Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book

Title: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Author: Diane Muldrow
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Review: What a fun book! It's a really quick read but every page says something to think about. Check it out and live a little.
Submitted By: James McCulloch
Department: Facilities
Status: Staff/Administrator

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bossypants

Title: Bossypants
Author: Tina Fey
Call Number: PN2287.F4255 A3 2011
Location: 2nd Floor, Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: I love a book with humor. I love a book that chats about life with a humorous feel. That's exactly what this book is. Tina Fey is an actress/comedian/writer who writes about her life on SNL, as a woman, dealing with politics, when she became huge for portraying Sarah Palin, and life as a mother. It's sweet, funny and a great quick read!
Submitted By: Jami McCoy
Submitted By: Advancement
Status: Staff/Administrator

Frog Music

Title: Frog Music
Author: Emma Donoghue
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Based loosely on the San Miguel Mystery, this is the story of Jenny and Blanche and their short friendship. Jenny was a cross-dressing pistol toting, bicycle riding young woman, while Blanche was an exotic dancer. The story revolves around Jenny’s murder and Blanche’s attempt to see that justice is done.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

The Book of Life

Title: The Book of Life
Author: Deborah Harkness
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: In this third book of Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy, Diana, a witch, and Matthew, a vampire, face new dangers as they try to discover the secrets contained by the Book of Life, a manuscript in the Bodleian Library at Oxford, which holds the key to saving the three non-human races – Witches, Vampires, and Daemons – from extinction.  A threatening figure from Matthew’s past reappears; and Diana must learn to control her newly found powers in order to protect her family. This is a fun and magical read, but I suggest reading the first two books in the trilogy before venturing onto this wild finale.
Submitted By: Cori Schmidtbauer
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Thursday, August 14, 2014

10% Happier

Title: 10% Happier
Author: Dan Harris
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton Collection
Rating: Recommended
Review: It was great to see how someone in the media handles the stress of the job. Makes readers realize how important it is to make time for yourself.
Submitted By: Joan Seguin
Department: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator

The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth

Title: The Empire Striketh Back: Star Wars Part the Fifth
Author: Ian Doescher
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton Collection
Rating: Recommended
Review: Fun twist on a classic. Everything is better with a little dose of Shakespeare. Inner monologue for R2- D2 was especially entertaining.
Submitted By: Joan Seguin
Department: Law School Career Services
Status: Staff/Administrator

American Innovations

Title: American Innovations
Author: Galchen, Rivka
Call Number: PS 3607 .A4116 A6 2014
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: This book is a collection of short stories, all with female narrators and inspired (except one) by well-known short stories written by men.  I saw a review for Galchen's book in the LA Times and found her idea of recreating famous works from a female perspective fascinating.  Some of the male authors mentioned in the review were: James Joyce, Haruki Murakami, Nikolai Gogol and Jorge Luis Borges. Unfortunately, I usually do not read fiction, so most of the literary connections were unclear to me.  Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed Galchen's writing style and her humor.  I highly recommend this book for any lover of fiction.  I would think it should be a lot of fun matching Galchen's stories centered on females, with the various male versions.
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Top Secret Twenty-One

Title: Top Secret Twenty-One
Author: Janet Evanovich
Call Number: MCNAUGHTON
Location: 1st Floor McNaughton
Rating: Recommended
Book Review: Stephanie Plum teams up with special agent Ranger to chase down a Russian assassin and other ‘bad guys’ who want them dead. Stephanie barely escapes rocket bombs, bullets with her life. Two special agents, Lula and dogs aid in her rescue. Looking for a fast read and few good chuckles? Check out the book and follow Stephanie as she gets herself into more trouble, mischief than she bargained for.

Submitted By: Jean Lawson
Department: Center for Global Education
Status: Staff


The Rosie Project

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Call Number: McNaughton
Location: 1st Floor, McNaughton
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Don Tillman is a geeky, socially inept professor who wants a wife. So he creates a survey to find the perfect woman. Rosie is a brash, fun loving woman who is completely the opposite of everything Don is looking for. The result is a wonderful romantic comedy.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

African-American Classics: Graphic Classics, volume 22

Title: African-American Classics: Graphic Classics, volume 22
Author: Pomplun, T. and Tooks, L. editors
Call Number: Graphic PS 153 .N5 A323 2011
Location: 1st Floor Graphic Novels
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: This is a terrific graphic novel filled with short stories and poems by a dozen early African-American writers.  The art work for each author is done in a unique style which adds greatly to the mood of each piece. Brief bibliographies for both writers and artists are also included at the back. This beautiful little book is a marvelous introduction to the diversity and quality of early African-American literature. I highly recommend it.
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

Siddhartha

Title: Siddhartha
Author: Hermann Hesse
Call Number: PT2617.E85 S513 1951a
Location: 2nd Floor, Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Review: Written in 1922, this is the story on one’s man’s spiritual journey. It is a wonderful tale of self-discovery and renewal.
Submitted By: Cathy Elliott
Department: Law Library
Status: Staff/Administrator